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Waipahihi Botanical Gardens

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Address: Shepherd Road, Taupo, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-378 2937

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Love gardens on a hill

Located slightly out of town, these gardens are incredible. While we were there it was Azalea and Rhododendron season, and the colour was gorgeous! Each garden is labeled and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located slightly out of town, these gardens are incredible. While we were there it was Azalea and Rhododendron season, and the colour was gorgeous! Each garden is labeled and separate. Finally, there is a lovely overview of Lake Taupo at the top of the hill. A hidden jewel in Taupo.

Thank jdarcyAuckland
Waikanae, Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a lovely walk amongst the azaleas and rhododendrons.There are nice bush walks too. This place would be suitable for someone in a wheel chair.

Thank Heather M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

simple garden with lot of colours and variety. you feel so relaxed here. walking and holding your partners hand and watching those lovely flowers. very romantic and highly recommended to visit if you free

Thank Manohar L
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

To be fair, it was the end of winter when we toured the gardens, but I expected more in terms of the maintenance of the gardens. Some of the trees did not look very healthy, many of them overcome with lichen. The selection of camellias and rhododendrons was incredible, but aside from these and azaleas, there was not much else... More 

Thank Amanda G
New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

We enjoyed our drive through these gardens. There are spots where you can stop for picnics and to take photos of the surrounding views. The diversity of plants meant that the different foliages blended together to make a stunning picture. Would be great to visit at different times of the year.

Thank NZBeachlover
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

It is located in the residential area of Taupo, very peaceful area for a picnic or to admire the flowers during spring. Driving around the botanical garden, we spotted some scenic spots for photography with Lake Taupo and the mountains as background. As well as driving out and down the residential area, the scenery facing Lake Taupo and the mountains... More 

Thank tazo1201
California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

We visited in winter and many plants were not in bloom but getting ready for a great show! They have lots of diversity in plants and if we had been two weeks later would have had to wear sunglasses because of the brillance of the many blooms coming in! This is fully run by volunteer staff! We were guest of... More 

Thank Paul W
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Can only review on what we saw when we did the walk which was in July - most of the flowers were not blooming and it was also a bit difficult to find which walks to do.

Thank Katie Z
Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

In town for Queen's Birthday weekend, we wanted to do a quick nature walk before lunch. The Botanical Reserve was perfect. We walked through the Camellia area, since we knew some of them would still be blooming. The paths were very well defined, the bushes were all labeled, and they were lovely in that setting with so much native bush.

Thank Castle F
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

I wasn't overly thrilled with these gardens, having been to Auckland's botanicals numerous times. Although we didn't get out of the car, but just drove around the circuit and left. It was nice an relaxing, but didn't see a flower in sight because of the year. If we had walked I'm sure it would have been much nicer. Some lovely... More 

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