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24. Pukeiti

2290 Carrington Rd, New Plymouth, 4310

Over seven decades Pukeiti has built up one of the world’s biggest and most diverse collections of rhododendrons and other exotics, their rich colours bursting into life against a backdrop of lush native rainforest. The 360ha property also boasts an absorbing range of free family-orientated activities, walking tracks for all fitness levels, a modern visitor centre, a popular café and various accommodation options, including the Lodge Studio and the Ruru Family Hut, which can be booked on the website.

Pukeiti has free guided walks during the festival at 2pm daily as well as mobility vehicle rides for less-able visitors on the hour from 9am – 1pm. Guided walks and mobility vehicle tours at other times can be booked privately, in advance, on the website for a fee. Please let us know beforehand if you are bringing large groups during this busy time.


Pukeiti is open all day, every day and entry is free. It’s owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council.

What's happening:

French dining in the Lodge with L’Epicure

Celebrate spring and the Taranaki Garden Festival in an iconic and historic location with a traditional French three-course menu.

Bookings are limited and you can book directly by emailing [email protected].

Fri 6 Nov, 6pm – 9pm.

For more details visit: Pukeiti Gardens events

Hayley Benseman 

Love your skin workshop Join Hayley on the Founders Lawn and learn a simple but effective technique of making your own natural skin care product for everyday use.

Sat 7 Nov, 11am – 12pm.

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