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Waipahihi Botanical Gardens

Shepherd Road, Taupo, New Zealand
+64 7-378 2937
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More a Jungle Ramble than a Garden

Listed as a Reserve rather than a Garden....best seen in the spring (October or so) when the... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2017
Ottawa, Canada
via mobile
Loved, loved, loved this garden

Wonderful garden - if you are short on time, just drive thru. Or, stop off at the various... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2017
Perth, Australia
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Shepherd Road, Taupo, New Zealand
+64 7-378 2937
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Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Listed as a Reserve rather than a Garden....best seen in the spring (October or so) when the Azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias are in bloom and this should be in their literature. Otherwise, a great place to walk, the various plants are marked and there are...More

Thank DJS1950
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Wonderful garden - if you are short on time, just drive thru. Or, stop off at the various signposted walks, and/or take a picnic and enjoy your meal in a grassy spot with lake views. Loved the lake views, bird life, and variety of plants....More

Thank Zeddy-boo
Reviewed 16 January 2017

We love visiting gardens when on holiday as we are members of the Royal Horticulture Gardens in England. These garden are obviously on a much smaller scale, but very interesting nevertheless. It is divided into specialised areas and of course many of the lovely plants...More

Thank Milliemax64
Reviewed 14 January 2017

Set in the outskirts of Taupo this is a gem well worth a visit by anyone interested in gardens, flowers and plants. Divided into specialised areas reached by car to walk round. Run by talented volunteers free but donations welcomed. Great views of the lake.

Thank John S
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
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 194,745
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...More

Thank fredann1
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....More

Thank jdarcyAuckland
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
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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