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6. Te Kainga Marire

15 Spencer Place, New Plymouth, 4312

Te Kainga Marire is the only private native garden sanctuary in New Zealand to be rated as a Garden of International Significance. Te Kainga Marire’s (translated ‘peaceful encampment’) point of difference lies in the natural plant associations that evoke a feeling of the real New Zealand. This native plant paradise was developed in 1972 from clay wasteland.

Keen outdoor adventurers, the owners wanted a bird-friendly garden designed around the ecological groups they had observed in the wild. New Zealand native grasses, climbers, herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees have been carefully nurtured around rustic fences, a pond, a colonial bush hut and cool fern-filled whare. Shy tui now regularly fly into the garden to feed.

Enjoy a guided interactive sensory experience tour with the knowledgeable owners.

This garden features in the BBC series. Around the world in 80 Gardens first screened in 2008.

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EVENT: Garden Speaker Series

Cultivating Threatened Native Species - A Talk by Experts from Otari Native Botanic Gardens. Brought to you by Te Kainga Marire. Read More >

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