View a world-class rhododendron garden set in a rainforest at Pukeiti. More than 2,000 species of rhododendrons, including wild and hybrids, fill the park. Even if you visit in the winter, you'll be able see the colorful collection of vireyas along the covered exhibition walks. Among the flowers, look for a historical waterwheel, treehouses, and a cafe with panoramic views of the gardens and sea. Check ahead for special events, like the family-oriented Explorer Day held bi-monthly. Using our international travel planner, New Plymouth attractions like Pukeiti can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
We made the trip here for Mother’s Day during Covid19 level 3 as the website said it was now open during this time and there was wheelchair access. It was a logistical exercise getting mum there but..... more »
Stumbled across these fabulous free gardens while driving. Popped in just to use the toilets as the cafe closed at 4pm (it was 4.10pm) but the extremely friendly staff served us delicious coffee and..... more »
Whilst once again under development, Pukeiti is a pretty stunning location, with some great activities for kids. My son (5) loved the tree houses and the activity bags, and would have spent the whole day there. Working in Construction I also had an appreciation of just how much money has been invested in some of the structures and walkways which are now going in.
The entrance is realy presented. I went into gardens and got lost. nice and green but track at time of visit were hard to navigate. GPS would be a problem in lower parks. Be prepared with maps.
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