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Pukeiti Rhododendron Park

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Address: Upper Carrington Road, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Phone Number: 06 752 4141

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Extremely well maintained garden

We were not able to see this garden in all its glory as we were there after the rhododendrons had flowered. However, there were many late blooming flowers and the grounds were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Jennifer M
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Middle Sackville, NS, Canada
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Middle Sackville, NS, Canada
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71 reviews 71 reviews
42 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We were not able to see this garden in all its glory as we were there after the rhododendrons had flowered. However, there were many late blooming flowers and the grounds were well-maintained. The parking lot is being enlarged. If you have good footwear, there are several trails that can be followed. Some trails have natural vegetation, including the walk... More 

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Waipukurau, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A bit of a drive to get there, but it's so worth it. We took our two kids, 5 & 9yrs and they loved it too. Maps were easy to follow & the kids loved using them to find where they were and where we were going. Great Tree Houses were a bonus. Will be visiting again.

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This free publicly owned park gives enormous scope for a picnic or for exploration. Great for families as the trails are easily followed and especially beautiful in October for the local rhodedendron festival.You can get food and coffee at the restaurant as well with great views of both the ranges and gardens. The road nearby is single lane in places... More 

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Perth, Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015 via mobile

this is a lovely park the day we visited it was raining but it was still worth seeing. When the Rhododendrons are flowering it must be just beautiful and that would be the best time to visit, although if you want a nice place for a picnic there is plenty of space and lots of trees. The waterwheel is very... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We loved our visit to the Pukeiti Gardens near New Plymouth. The walks are really well thought out, taking you past monster trees and beautiful rhododendrons in flower. While you wander through the garden where rare bushes are being cultivated to help the horticultural world by providing cuttings from rare trees, think on how far sighted this original project was.... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I recently visited Pukeiti Gardens for the first time since I was a kid. It was so much better than I remember. The rhododendrons were in bloom and it was beautiful. The walks were well kept and new treehouse lookouts are being erected which are cool, even my 7yr old daughter enjoyed the visit. I would highly recommend a visit.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 via mobile

Taranaki has several great gardens/parks this one is the 5 star!! Several great walks - different lengths and degrees of difficulty! Best visited at Rhododendron time. Cafe good too!!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

after a twenty minute drive, we were treated to an extremely well maintained garden which offers the visitor a large number of walking and viewing options. All options require a little fitness as they start from about a 30 minute to up to about 2/12 hour walking option. The gardens themselves at a credit to the local council who appear... More 

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Kawhia, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I have heard a lot about the Pukeiti Rhododendron Park and was looking forward to visiting. While I can see that it has been magnificent in it's day the gardens were looking a little untidy and in need of some TLC. I hope that it can be restored to its former glory.

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Katikati
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

An interesting park near Mt Taranaki. Did the free guided walk with our group. Mobility vehicle available.

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