Taranaki Garden Festival and Taranaki Arts Trail Official launch 15 July 2021

7. 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 point, 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, which first screened in 2008.

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