33. Tupare

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487 Mangorei Rd, New Plymouth
Taranaki Regional Council

Tupare is an arts and crafts inspired property first established in 1932 by Sir Russell and Lady Matthews, which  features a magical Chapman-Taylor designed house set amongst beautifully landscaped heritage gardens. Reflecting Lady Matthew’s legacy are a herbery, domestic glasshouse and cottage lawn borders. Sir Russell Matthews, particularly favoured rhododendron hybrids, camellias, fuchsias, hydrangeas, magnolias and deciduous trees, including the exquisite dove trees Davidia involucrata which bloom during the Garden Spectacular.

The plantings and landscapes at Tupare today remain true to its heritage. Wander through secluded garden rooms, past elegant borders and majestic trees. Discover vistas of the house and cottage, the Waiwhakaiho River and of course, Mt Taranaki.

Guided Tours of the house run at allocated times throughout the Garden Spectacular. An opportunity to visit the three individually designed Chapman-Taylor homes and embrace the story of the Arts and Crafts era of the 1930s is available again this year, bookings are essential. See page 53 for details.

An exhibition of fabrics from the William Morris collection, used extensively throughout the Tupare homestead will be on display in the house, in association with Creative Curtains New Plymouth during the Garden Spectacular.

Echoes of Autumn a photographic collection by Tara Jahn-Werner will be exhibited in the gardener’s cottage. It focuses on the colourful seasons of Tupare.

Tupare, like Pukeiti and Hollard Gardens is owned and managed by Taranaki Regional Council. All three regional gardens are open every day of the year and free to enter. A mobility vehicle, for those less mobile, operates during the festival.

Bookings are essential for larger groups or tours over this busy time, please contact 0800 736 222.

Open 9am – 8pm, admission free

Ph 0800 736 222

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