32. Te Kainga Marire

3 Tickets Per Person Restroom Accessibility

New Zealand Native
Garden Paradise

15 Spencer Place, New Plymouth
Valda Poletti & David Clarkson

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 groupings 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 - NZ Coastal Natives
Mon 30th Oct, 11am (usual garden fee applies)

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

Ph 06 758 8693, email valda@tekaingamarire.co.nz 

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