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Pukeiti Rhododendron Garden

2290 Carrington Road, New Plymouth 4374, New Zealand
+64 800 736 222
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Always worth a visit

This is part of the Pukeiti Park in New Plymouth which is the park we go back year after year to... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Narziss
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Lovely gardens

We did the short red walk, 3/4 hour, good paths and was easy for hubby with walking stick. Didn’t... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pauline K
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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 diverse collections of rhododendrons on display anywhere in the world. Take a short garden walk or a more challenging adventure and with either, sense another world and time. Feel the spiritual significance of Pukeiti to local tangata whenua and learn some of the language, knowledge and stories which are part of the land. Find out about pioneering Europeans, passionate plant-collectors and garden-makers. Discover the property whilst doing a fun activity or make use of the facilities for a private or community event. Pukeiti is owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council on behalf of the people of the region. Share Pukeiti – a truly unique part of Taranaki’s heritage.
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Hours Today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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2290 Carrington Road, New Plymouth 4374, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is part of the Pukeiti Park in New Plymouth which is the park we go back year after year to visit.

Thank Narziss
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the short red walk, 3/4 hour, good paths and was easy for hubby with walking stick. Didn’t require stout shoes for this one. A few rhododendrons were in bloom but we could imagine how colourful it would be in the Spring. Kids would...More

Thank Pauline K
VisitorServices3, Visitor Services at Pukeiti Rhododendron Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks very much for your review. Pleased to hear that you enjoyed the garden. Yes, it's well worth returning in the spring to see the rhododendrons flowering if you can.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting gardens, clean and modern facilities ie restaurant. Staff very friendly and professional. Food good value. Pleasant.

Thank Joel W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely large garden with generous free entry from the local Council. The access road is winding and narrow so beware. The food at the cafe is fantastic. Save room for some of their cakes/biscuits!

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ok ok !!! January is a little early for all the flowers to bloom, but the garden is a horticultural delight. I can only imagine the explosion of colour in February so I must be back for more. Please note that Rhododendrons are Himalayan natives...More

Thank Billytoucan
VisitorServices3, Visitor Services at Pukeiti Rhododendron Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, thanks, we appreciate your review. In the summer at Pukeiti you will find a range of flowers including vireyas and a few other rhododendrons, plus perennials and lots of different hydrangeas although the main flowering time is through the second half of the year,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visit here every time we are in New Plymouth. The new cafe facilities are very good and we enjoyed the choice of sitting inside or out. Food was lovely. This is the time of year to enjoy the hydrangeas as rhododendrons have finished flowering....More

Thank WellingtonJen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A long narrow and winding road eventually gets you to this place. What a great place to visit. Lots of walking tracks to follow around the gorgeous and well maintained gardens. There’s interesting facts along the way. There’s plenty of seats to stop for a...More

Thank Terri-and-Co-2017
VisitorServices3, Visitor Services at Pukeiti Rhododendron Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, Thanks very much for your feedback. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope you can come again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved our visit. It was a weekday and not too crowded. Place had change a lot since my last visit over 10 years ago. Lovely to walk arrount the grounds. It was early in the season bu there were quite a few Rhododendrons in...More

Thank aaraven
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow. Discovered Pukeiti Gardens by chance. Only recently opened cafe and facilities. Stunning walks. Must look spectacular when Rhodos in full bloom. Could easily spend a day here exploring the walk ways thru rain forest and gardens.More

Thank Tootsberry
VisitorServices3, Visitor Services at Pukeiti Rhododendron Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, thanks for your feedback. It must have been a surprise to come across Pukeiti if you hadn't heard of it. Yes, it's beautiful at any time of year but if you ever have the chance to come during October or November it definitely is...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a huge area with a number of tracks of varying length to suit all types of personal mobility. By mid-December most of the rhododendrons had already flowered but there were still a few with magnificent displays - scarlet, purple. Of course, there are...More

Thank Sandpiper52
VisitorServices3, Visitor Services at Pukeiti Rhododendron Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, Thanks very much for your review. Happy to hear you enjoyed the signage along the Rhododendron Stroll. We have another batch of signs which will be installed along the Valley of the Giants Walk before the giants (the big leaf rhododendrons) awaken in late...More

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MsBlueDaisy
20 April 2017|
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Response from Lanny M | Reviewed this property |
There are walks available for all fitness levels I think, we've visited with my elderly in laws many times & the managed very well without missing out on the great views. The kids enjoyed running around discovering new paths... More
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Claire V
19 August 2015|
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Response from Richard F | Reviewed this property |
October probably the best month to visit.
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