10. Te Kainga Marire

3 Tickets Per Person Restroom Accessibility

15 Spencer Place, New Plymouth
Valda Poletti and David Clarkson

Gardens Trust 6 stars

Te Kainga Marire is the only private native garden sanctuary in New Zealand to be rated as a Garden of International Significance.  Te Kainga Marire’s (translated ‘peaceful encampment’) point of difference lies in the natural plant associations that evoke a feeling of the real New Zealand.  This native plant paradise was developed in 1972 from clay wasteland.  Keen outdoor adventurers, the owners wanted a bird friendly garden designed around the ecological groups they had observed in the wild.  New Zealand native grasses, climbers, herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees have been carefully nurtured around rustic fences, a pond, a colonial bush hut and cool fern filled whare. Shy Tui now regularly fly into the garden to feed.

Enjoy a guided ‘Interactive Sensory Experience’ tour with the knowledgeable owners.

This garden features in the BBC series ‘Around the world in 80 Gardens’ first screened in 2008.


Gardena Garden Speaker Event

Mark Dean – Gardening with natives plants
28th October 2018, 2:00pm – 3:00pm (usual garden fee applies)


Open 9:00am – 5:00pm daily, Sept – April inclusive, admission 3 tickets or $15pp

P  06 758 8693
W  www.tekaingamarire.co.nz