Pukeiti, New Plymouth

4.6
#3 of 15 in Parks in New Plymouth
Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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.
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  • Quick visit but wish we could have had more time. This location is quite a drive from New Plymouth but worthwhile. Pack lunch and drinks as cafe only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Also expect... 
    Quick visit but wish we could have had more time. This location is quite a drive from New Plymouth but worthwhile. Pack lunch and drinks as cafe only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Also expect...  more »
  • We went with a bunch of kids who enjoyed the kids trail experience. There were few flowers out being mid-winter, but must be stunning when the place is fully in bloom. 
    We went with a bunch of kids who enjoyed the kids trail experience. There were few flowers out being mid-winter, but must be stunning when the place is fully in bloom.  more »
  • NZ native bush in its glory!! Stands of ferns, kawakawa, kowhai, horopito all set in a beautiful setting. Was feeling tired and stressed before I went there - came away feeling refreshed and... 
    NZ native bush in its glory!! Stands of ferns, kawakawa, kowhai, horopito all set in a beautiful setting. Was feeling tired and stressed before I went there - came away feeling refreshed and...  more »
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  • Very relaxing and a beautiful walk. Had a really lovely time with my Son who lives in Bell block but had never been. Will definitely go back in the different seasons. A little gem of a garden.
  • This is a treasure for all New Zealanders. Such a treat to walk through this park and it's free. A donation would be appreciated. The large Rhododendrons were magnificent Azaleas wonderful. A very enjoyable day
  • Absolutely a must to visit. Nicely set out gardens and walks. Wheelchair friendly. Nice selection of food too.
  • The food at the cafe was delicious and well priced. Beautiful setting and lovely friendly staff. Will definitely come up again
  • It is a very good place to spend time with family and friends without distraction from the outside world with 0 inception, but you do get EV charging stations available. Highly recommended if you don't mind driving on a hill road.

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