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Pukeiti Rhododendron Garden

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Address: 2290 Carrington Road, New Plymouth 4374, New Zealand
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+64 6-752 4141
09:00 - 17:00
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Renowned for its rhododendron collection, Pukeiti is a 360 ha rainforest...

Renowned for its rhododendron collection, Pukeiti is a 360 ha rainforest property located between Mount Taranaki and the coast, just south of New Plymouth. Established in 1951, Pukeiti is an internationally recognised garden and plant collection. Owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council on behalf of the people of the region. Enjoy it - it's yours.

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Best Rhododendron garden in the world.

If you love gardens you will love Pukeiti World famous Rodo Garden which it is set amongst Virgin native bush on the foot hills of Mount Taranaki. There is a short walk to an old... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you love gardens you will love Pukeiti World famous Rodo Garden which it is set amongst Virgin native bush on the foot hills of Mount Taranaki. There is a short walk to an old water wheel and walks through row upon of beautiful Rhododendrons that thrive there. At the entrance there is a nice Cafe and local craft shop.... More 

Thank Mike L
Derby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been told about these lovely rhododendron gardens before we arrived in NZ & we knew it was the wrong time of years to see rhodies & azaleas, but it was still a bit dissapointing as there are major refurbishment work going on at the moment so there is no cafe or information centre & only one block of... More 

Thank Kathryn R
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is famous for its Rhondodendron, however you should visit during the blooming season to see the beauty of the flowers, usually during spring October to Desember. When we visited in January the blooming season has passed and the flowers fade and only left a little remaining. Anyway, whatever the season, this garden is magnificent in size, where you can... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved this place to wonder about and see the wonderful work that has been done to set these gardens up.A great walk to the the summit if time allows. Awesome friendly and helpful staff with a small cafe to enjoy a great coffee and snack. Big renovations underway so would be keen to go back and see it all finished.... More 

Thank willieson
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

My wife and I enjoyed our relaxing stroll through the Pukeiti Gardens. At this time of year, the red rhododendrons and the hydrangeas have the brightest colours, along with the hollyhocks. The gardens, as well as the restaurant attached (which supplies simple but delicious and nourishing meals), are undergoing an upgrade, which will further enhance this already awesome place.

Thank David C
Whakatane, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

This took a short 15-20 min drive to get to, but was definitely worth it. The gardens are stunning. The walls are relaxing and surrounded by beautiful scenery. Would be a great venue for a wedding! Offers great covered seating. Tree houses hidden among the walls for the kids. Currently undergoing some upgrades. Very impressed!!

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Porirua, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We were chancing our luck going here when weather was unreliable but chose a shorter walk (rhododendron stroll) and managed to stay fairly dry. While rhododendron season is over the hydrangas look stunning and the giant himalaya lillies are impressive. Lots of improvements since our last visit two years ago with building work underway on cafe and information building. Highly... More 

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Orange, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We came to this old favourite yes we've been coming the last 20 years nearly every time we come to taranaki area but the entrance & coffee shop area we're under major renovation so no afternoon tea indoors but the temp coffee place was ok, 2 new gardens set up so early planting & some old growth which are blooming... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

We arrived 30 minutes before closing however the gardener was very helpful, by suggesting the best areas to walk around in the time available and told us he would leave the gate unattached for us. Good paths to walk around on- but some areas are hilly.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

for a very pleasant stroll amongst the native bush and more recent exotic plantings. Lots of rare and unusual plants can be seen. Further development is being carried out which will enhance this attraction even more in the future.

Thank Irwi

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