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Pukeiti

2290 Carrington Road, New Plymouth 4374, New Zealand
+64 800 736 222
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Great for all ages and abilities

I took two of my children (5 & 3) to Pukeiti for the first time during the school holidays. We... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lizzieh081
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New Zealand
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Amazing colour

Since the Taranaki Regional Council took over the upkeep and funding of Pukeiti it has become a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
COLIN_1_2_1
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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 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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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2290 Carrington Road, New Plymouth 4374, New Zealand
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+64 800 736 222
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I took two of my children (5 & 3) to Pukeiti for the first time during the school holidays. We were upset to see the cafe is closed for winter as we were really looking forward to having a treat after our walk/drive out. We...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Since the Taranaki Regional Council took over the upkeep and funding of Pukeiti it has become a major attraction with sealed walkways and viewing platforms. The rhododendrons and azaleas are probably the best collection in the world. The cafe isalso well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The long trip to this so called icon of Taranaki to show my overseas visitors we were met with a view of a man made jungle of fabricated steel which has detracted from the natural beauty of this great reserve now ruined by thoughtless professional...More

Thank aligow
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it is lovely to see the improvements which have been make to the Pukeiti Park since my last visit. The high-level walkways make viewing less crowded and easier. I recommend a winter visit to get an idea of the size of the gardens. The rhododendrons...More

Thank Libranace
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VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Pukeiti, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your excellent review. Another attraction at Pukeiti in the winter is the big leaf rhododendrons which start flowering in late July. Take the Valley of the Giants Walk to see them. They are stunning and get missed by most visitors...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoy going out for coffee & we're so pleased we picked this destination, enjoyed our coffee in the new cafe & loved the stroll around the gardens - we are really looking forward to visiting again when we have more time to explore (&...More

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VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Pukeiti, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your review. Really glad to hear how much you enjoyed Pukeiti. Just a reminder that the café is closed for the winter at the moment. The large-leaved rhododendron flowers will be starting to open in late July and they're really worth seeing if...More

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Reviewed 24 May 2018

A lovely drive out into the country from New Plymouth with pleasant views of Mt Egmont, Taranaki along the way . A cup of coffee on arrival sets you up for a really great experience through well cared for Gardens along well maintained tracks.

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VisitorServices3, Visitor Services at Pukeiti, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2018

Thanks very much for the review, Don.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

We went back to the Pukeiti gardens after 6 years, it was beautiful, tidy and interesting, the coffee shop is very nice, they have a good selection of food and drinks.

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VisitorServices3, Visitor services at Pukeiti, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Thanks very much for your review. Happy to hear you were impressed with the changes at Pukeiti. There's still much more to do - it will get better and better.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

This garden is out of town about 25 or 30 minutes. At the time of the year we went many of the rhododendrons were not blooming. Still, the walks were still very nice and there were some other blooming plants.More

1  Thank Kim W
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VisitorServices3, Visitor Services at Pukeiti, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Thanks for your feedback. The rhododendrons mainly flower from July to December with the main season being October and November so you're quite right, there aren't many to see in March. It's a good time to enjoy a variety of other flowers and the beauty...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

The tree top walk from the cafe was great. The paths around the grounds are well kept. Although there were signposts for the various named tracks, it would have been helpful to also have some "Exit" or "Cafe" signs. It was a hot day when...More

Thank AmershamP
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VisitorServices3, Visitor Services at Pukeiti, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Thanks for your feedback. Yes, we have more signage being made saying exactly those two things so hopefully that will help for your next visit.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We saw the signs for Pukeiti whilst out on a scenic drive and upon reading a short blurb stating it was a rhododendron garden we made a spur of the moment decision to go and check it out and boy are we glad we did....More

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VisitorServices3, Visitor Services at Pukeiti, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Thanks very much for your review. You're quite right, although rhododendrons are the main type of plant we focus on, you don't have to have any interest in them to enjoy Pukeiti. However if you come in the spring you'll appreciate why people love them...More

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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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MsBlueDaisy
20 April 2017|
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Response from VisitorServices3 | Property representative |
Yes, Pukeiti has a range of walks suitable for all abilities. The property covers 360ha and does include some steep areas including Pukeiti hill which has great views from the summit. However, the area near the carpark and... More
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