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National Tropical Botanical Garden

4425 Lawai Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI
+1 808-742-2623
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Beautiful Gardens

Amazing gardens. Worth the trip. Wear your walking shoes as this is not a small garden it is more... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Mixed feelings

We toured the Allerton Gardens last week and for $50 and 2.5 hours, O have mixed feelings. It's a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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NTBG’s McBryde Garden and Allerton Garden are located on the south shore of Kauai in the picturesque Lawai Valley. Individual tours of each garden run daily and include a ride from the Visitors Center in Poipu along a scenic coastal route and continue along the valley rim on a former sugarcane train railbed. Visitors disembark on the valley floor to explore these outstanding gardens. McBryde, NTBG’s flagship garden, is home to the world’s largest collection of native Hawaiian flora, many endangered or having gone extinct in the wild. It is a “botanical ark”, filled with palms, flowering trees, ornamental flowers, and unusual plants from the tropical world. Allerton is a former private estate, named by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of the 50 places to see in a lifetime. Plants form the walls of outdoor rooms, the canopy of trees the ceiling. Housed within are elegant statuary and water features. A popular spot for photos is the ‘Jurassic trees’, with their massive curving roots.National Tropical Botanical Garden is a nonprofit institution, dedicated to saving and studying tropical plants.
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4425 Lawai Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI
+1 808-742-2623
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Reviewed yesterday

Amazing gardens. Worth the trip. Wear your walking shoes as this is not a small garden it is more like walking thru the forest. Various different areas and botanical diversity. Lots of birds to watch out for. Well worth the trip

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We toured the Allerton Gardens last week and for $50 and 2.5 hours, O have mixed feelings. It's a lovely drive into the gardens and it was amazing to learn the cool research being done here. Especially to help bring sustainable food to poorer tropical...More

Thank Kristen H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second guided tour at NTBG. The second time around was just as, if not more informative and environmentally relevant than the first. Tangi, our guide, was personable, passionate, and provided an educational experience for my family that we will never forget. Thank...More

Thank Kristine E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a little pricey for a walk through a garden. But, it's a HUGE garden and the plants, flowers and trees are very large and mature. The tour guides are excellent and extremely informative re the garden and its place in Hawaiian history. If plants...More

Thank Gerry62848
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is going to cost you $50 a person to enter for the tours. You go to the main center then travel 15 min by bus to one of the gardens for the walking tour. Our guide David was very knowledgeable and liked to talk....More

Thank Delbert B
Reviewed 16 August 2017

One of my favorite tour spots on Kauai and one I frequently share with visitors is the Allerton Garden (NTBG) on the south shore. It's actually a series of fabulous garden "rooms" with lots of water features, statuary and beautiful plants. The garden's history and...More

Thank maryaileen2016
Reviewed 28 July 2017

This was on my itinerary and we were determined to get there. It took us a bit of time to locate it. It was enourmous. It is not a little park.

Thank Barbara M
Reviewed 22 July 2017

We are members and everytime we visit Kauai we ggo to all the gardens that are part of BTBG multiple times. Great way to relax, learn and support biodiversity. As a photographer it is an opportunity to get great images of plants and landscapes. There...More

Thank JD L
Reviewed 20 July 2017

When in Poipu or Kauai in general, I wholeheartedly recommend visiting the gardens. The guided tours are superb and the botany excellent. The staff was professional and helpful and grounds were easy to traverse. This is a great half day or even 2-3 hour excursion...More

Thank David48562
Reviewed 19 July 2017

This was our third visit to the evening tour and dinner. It is so beautiful and interesting that we became supports after the first visit and have looked forward to returning each year. The gardern are so well maintained and each guide has made the...More

Thank Ron M
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19 September 2017|
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Response from Robert L | Reviewed this property |
No the senior pass does not work because they are private. The Gardens are well worth the expense. The pass does admit your party to the Kilauea Lighthouse.
5 April 2017|
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Response from Diovt | Reviewed this property |
I believe the McBryde Gardens tour is more about the plants and a shorter tour. The midday Allerton Gardens tour takes well over two hours. Besides hearing about the plants you hear a lot of wonderful stories about the site... More
27 March 2015|
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Response from NTBGTours | Property representative |
Aloha CoachJim, Looks like the community responses are all correct here. Allerton tours are $40 for adults, McBryde self-guided tours are $20 for adults. We offer a Discovery tour that takes visitors behind the of both... More