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Waipahihi Botanical Gardens

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

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A beautiful easy walk with so much beauty all around. We are so lucky to have this park in Taupo. Well worth a visit any time, but Spring and Autumn must be the best times.

Reviewed 15 December 2016
Taupo, New Zealand
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Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviewed 21 December 2016

Our group filled in some time here and parked overlooking the lake and distant mountains. We missed the flowering season of the rhodoendrums.

Thank simpo1590
Taupo, New Zealand
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 15 December 2016

A beautiful easy walk with so much beauty all around. We are so lucky to have this park in Taupo. Well worth a visit any time, but Spring and Autumn must be the best times.

Thank 194745
new zealand
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32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016

I took a friend for a drive through the reserve and she thoroughly enjoyed it. My father was a volunteer here for many years, and it was interesting to revisit after several years, unfortunately the rhododendrons and azaleas had finished flowering, you can only imagine the magnificence when in bloom. Several lovely lake views on the drive around.

Thank fredann1
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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77 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

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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53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

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
Level Contributor
5 reviews
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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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 14amandag
New Zealand
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100 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
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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171 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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 

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Encinitas, California
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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