2290 Carrington Rd, New Plymouth
Taranaki Regional Council
Pukeiti houses a world-class rhododendron collection uniquely nestled in Taranaki rainforest. It was established in 1951 and is now proudly owned and managed by Taranaki Regional Council.
Experience an explosion of colour as hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas flower against the lush backdrop of forested volcanic ranges, mountain streams and birdsong. There are many kilometres of paths and tracks for either a garden walk or a longer adventure into the rainforest. In particular the Rhododendron Stroll, which includes the beautifully scented Loderi, a treat for the senses in spring.
On arrival at the Rainforest Centre, the Rimu Room offers a snapshot of the rich history of this spectacular garden and the local area. Enjoy the hospitality of the Founders Café, open daily from 10am to 4pm throughout the festival.
The newly completed Lodge is the latest in a comprehensive redevelopment project and during the Festival a contemporary botanical exhibition featuring Artist in Residence Tabatha Forbes work. The Lodge will also house a flower display of best blooms from Pukeiti.
Other recently completed garden projects at Pukeiti such as the Misty Knoll, Treehouse Trails and the Keiller Garden embrace the ever-evolving union of natural landscape and thoughtful design concepts, enticing you to explore the mystery of such an exotic environment.
Open all day, every day. Free admission
P 0800 736 222 for information and enquiries
A mobility vehicle is available for those less able.
Bookings are essential for large groups and garden tours during this busy time, please call
Pukeiti, like Hollard Gardens and Tupare is owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council. All three gardens are fee to enter and open every day of the year.