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Pukeiti

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Open today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Wonderful garden - Great asset to the city!

Pukeiti Gardens are well known but this was our first visit. What a treasure! We were lucky enough... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
glenlaurie2015
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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Must Visit Destination of Taranaki

Having lived in and around New Plymouth most of my life, we decided to see what all the hype was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ColNP
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Explore a wonderland of rhododendrons planted within 360 hectares of rainforest, located between Mount Taranaki and the coast, just south of New Plymouth. Established in 1951, Pukeiti is an internationally recognised garden with one of the most...more
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2290 Carrington Road, New Plymouth 4374, New Zealand
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All reviews rhododendron garden native bush late october lovely drive cafe offers full bloom cafe food free entry in season beautiful surroundings great cafe great place to visit take your time new zealand few hours water wheel wonderful park
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Pukeiti Gardens are well known but this was our first visit. What a treasure! We were lucky enough to be taken around the garden by electric cart driven by the head gardener who pointed out many of the key plants within the gardens. We gained...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank glenlaurie2015
VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Pukeiti, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you very much for your review. Glad to hear you had such a wonderful visit to Pukeiti.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Having lived in and around New Plymouth most of my life, we decided to see what all the hype was about Pukeiti. We were very impressed with the work gone into the pathways and bird watching stands, and especially the new information centre and the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ColNP
VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Pukeiti, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks very much for your review. We're pleased to hear how much you enjoyed Pukeiti. You should see even more exciting progress on your next visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited at the end of the rhododendron season, but there were many were still in bloom. The area is just stunning. 10/10 to the New Plymouth Council for the way they ave and are still developing the gardens and surrounds. Will definitely be back...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Pip111
VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Pukeiti, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks very much for your review, Pip. Yes, it's the Taranaki Regional Council who are responsible for caring for and develpoing Pukeiti. Come back soon - there are lots more exciting develpoments still to come!

Reviewed 1 week ago

This park is well worth a visit and has lots of different walking options for short and longer walks. The rhododendrons were nit out in force when we visited which was a shame but there was still loads o=to see and enjoy. And the drive...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Sarah5368
VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Pukeiti, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review, Sarah. Yes, October and November are the best months to visit to see the rhododendron flowers but there will always be something interesting to see.

Reviewed 1 week ago

It was raining lightly when we arrived, so we opted for an early coffee and cake - lovely. The main facilities are great and worth visiting on their own. The gardens are stunning and well worth the wandering around the different paths - particularly when...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lynne780
VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Pukeiti, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your lovely review, Lynne.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This park was fabulous and the tree houses throughout made it fun for the kids. It was an easy walk for all and you could easily do short, medium or longer walks. It is beautiful and was really enjoyable

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Rachael M
VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Pukeiti, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks very much for youre review, Rachael. Glad to hear your kids enjoyed the treehouses.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this garden it is just so beautiful anytime of the year. I just think people should research what are the best times to visit if they want to see the flowering plants to avoid being disappointed. It is nature not a ipad. Just...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tevakaroa
VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Pukeiti, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your thoughts. Yes, it's hard to read feedback from visitors disappointed that not everything was flowering when they came. Flowering times for rhododendrons vary depending on the weather during that year and for each type the flowering generally lasts about...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A must see if you are going to New Plymouth. Only a few rhodos flowering now, but still worth a visit. The buggy ride with a knowledgeable gardener/driver was a bonus, for those no longer able to walk great distances. Even the seafood chowder in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kiwi087
VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Pukeiti, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks very much for your review. Glad to hear you enjoyed Pukeiti and the café. For other visitors please note; the mobility vehicle runs at 11am on Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon from October to March.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cool place to take the family, there plenty of room for kids to run around at the river flats. Bbq and water available Amazing gardens for adults to enjoy.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank U4500XWwilliamm
VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Pukeiti, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review William, but I think you may be talking about Tupare. We have no barbecues or river flat at Pukeiti.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With 1250 varieties of Rhododendrons, this is the place to come if they fascinate you. When they are in flower I am sure it is spectacular, but by the end of December when we visited we enjoyed a still pleasing selection of flowering plants and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank David C
VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Pukeiti, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks very much for your detailed review, David.

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Meredith C
27 August 2018|
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Response from Libranace | Reviewed this property |
Hello yes it will. It reopens to the public on the 1st September. You may book it for private functions during the closed winter period. I hope this helps.
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rhonacanastra
8 May 2018|
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Response from VisitorServices3 | Property representative |
Hi, the garden is known for its rhododendron collection. You will find rhodo flowers throughout the second half of the year. The big-leafs start in late July and some rhodos are usually still flowering at Christmas. The very... More
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dockeryjo
5 November 2017|
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Response from VisitorServices3 | Property representative |
We have a function room called the Rata Room in the Rainforest Centre. In September 2018 the newly rebuilt Lodge will be opening too which will also be available for functions. Catering is usually done by Founders Café but... More
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