Waipahihi Botanical Gardens, Taupo

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#9 of 16 in Parks in Taupo
Walk among the flowers at Waipahihi Botanical Gardens, boasting spectacular views over Great Lake Taupo and an extensive collection of native trees and plants. Volunteers manicure the gardens weekly, tending to over 2,000 rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, and other members of the lush environment. Bring a snack or meal to enjoy at a picnic area, or explore the various themed walks, including a floral walk and lemonwood walk. Using our custom trip planner, Taupo attractions like Waipahihi Botanical Gardens can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We found out about these gardens through a brochure of walks in Taupo and were glad we went there. The bush is really nice and we enjoyed all the bird life there, especially having a wax-eye two feet ...  more »
  • We were in New Zealand in October and we were staying at the Hilton in Taupo so we were only minutes from the botanical garden. We figured this would be our chance to check out the local flora. We dro...  more »
  • Just down the road from the Hilton Hotel, we stumbled on this botanical garden and all the rhododendrons were in flower, spectacular, well kept and very clean  more »
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  • Very pretty! Lots of gorgeous plants and trees. I'll definitely visit again. This is a great place for a picnic.
  • I love wondering these beautiful gardens. Love playing and having a picnic with my daughter here. Rock hunting is a bonus too.
  • Beautiful floral gardens and bush, easy walk/pram gardens all interconnected, can drive around it too. Good place to take kids.
  • Great walks! Take your time strolling through the beautiful bushes and trees for some nice picture opportunities. It is a tad cumbersome having to drive from one walk to the next. Though one can always opt for walking from path to path via the road.
  • A hidden gem in Taupo. The rhododendron and camellia gardens are lovely in the flowering season

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