Waipahihi Botanical Gardens, Taupo

4.3
#8 of 15 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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  • What a beautiful place to walk around. Whoever cares for this area is doing a great job. Beautifully colour planned & pruned. A pleasure to visit.  more »
  • Beautiful set of gardens thanks to the devotion of local volunteers. Well-constructed gravel paths wend their way through this preserved area of natural woodland with extensive beds of azaleas, rhodod...  more »
  • I didn't even know Taupo had a Botanic Gardens, so was delighted to find Waipahihi. Tucked away at the end of a residetial street, the Gardens are a beautiful, quiet place for contemplation. You can d...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Peaceful natural beautiful. A wonderful result from years of work by volunteer and TDC Parks staff displaying camelias and rhododendrons flowering amongst native bush. A real tourist spot.
  • Lovely walk, very peaceful My son loved riding his bike along the track
  • Beautiful spot, only regret is that we could not spend more time exploring. Will certainly come back next time.
  • Tranquil .. bird paradise .. overlooking Lake Taupo with Mt Tauhara nestled in behind .. native bush regenerating with gorgeous rhododendron and camelia walks .. many picnic spots.

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