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“A must see”

Pukeiti Rhododendron Garden
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Owner description: Renowned for its rhododendron collection, Pukeiti is a 360 ha rainforest property located between Mount Taranaki and the coast, just south of New Plymouth. Established in 1951, Pukeiti is an internationally recognised garden and plant collection. Owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council on behalf of the people of the region. Enjoy it - it's yours.
Auckland, New Zealand
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16 reviews
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“A must see”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

22nd October had a beautiful walk on the rhododendron trail the azaleas rhododendrons bluebells were amazing the park is beautifully set out do not miss this park and at the end a great cafe for tea coffee and a bite to eat. So pleased we made the effort to do it

Visited October 2013
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Taupo, New Zealand
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“At it's best in October!”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

There are beautiful azaleas, thousands of rhododendrons, hostas and many, many more interesting companion plants, so well kept, pruned and nurtured. Visitors should allow several hours to enjoy this park, a long drive from New Plymouth but SO well worth it.
Where else could we see such mature and many varieties of these genus.

Visited September 2013
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Manukau, New Zealand
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78 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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“Wow - What Beautiful Gardens!”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

Springtime is the time to go here. Loads of flowering Rhodos and azaleas and there are enough walks and paths to keep one going all day. I wished I could have stayed much longer - next time I will have to visit by myself!

We ended our visit with some cold refreshing drinks on the deck outside the cafe which overlooks the beautiful grounds.

Highly recommended for an October visit.

Visited October 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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103 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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“Fantastic Mix of Natives and Exotic Plants”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

I had heard of this garden, but never visited. Spring the Rhododendrum are flowering so it a great time to visit. Free entry, and it is 20kms from New Plymouth but worth the drive into the shadow of the Mountain. Great pathways and signposts, and spectacular melding of native and exotic trees.

Visited September 2013
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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156 reviews
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“Peace, rhododendrons and other beauties”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

A beautiful day wandering around Pukeiti at the start of the rhododendron flowering. Tranquil, calming, not too busy and the beauty was just wonderful. Lots of tracks and a helpful map. Really liked the availability of coffee at the gatehouse because the tearooms were closed. A great credit to the Regional Council - and all the earlier people who were passionate about the park

Visited August 2013
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