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Taranaki Garden Festival

The Taranaki Garden Festival is in its 35th year and now provides gardens plus plus plus.  

We have selected for the season, variety and a bit of fun. Our coach company is local, so there will be no “hunt the garden” scenario and for those who love gardens and rhododendrons this tour is a must.


Your travel itinerary

Friday 28 October

Auckland to New Plymouth

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Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand, arriving early afternoon for a five night
stay. This afternoon we a have ‘Behind the Scenes at Juno Gin’. You will give
you a welcome cocktail, a behind-thescenes look at how gin is made, the key
botanicals, and glorious tastings of a range of their gins. Welcome dinner at
the hotel.

Saturday 29 October

Taranaki Garden Festival

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Today we have planned the day around New Plymouth:
Pukeiti Gardens The Pinnacle of rhododendron collections. Collected over
seven decades with a backdrop of lush native forest, this is a sight to be seen.

Lumen Studio & Gallery 3 artists; Teresa Goodin (paper collages), Janeen Page
(ceramics), Alice Cowdrey (fibre/ textiles)

Goodin Country Garden Set amidst old coastal lahars, large volcanic rocks lend drama to this country garden

The Van der Poel Garden & sculptures Return to the hotel for an included dinner

Sunday 30 October

Taranaki Garden Festival

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Today we head out on the Northern Garden Trail .

Winlea Acre The garden is entirely flat, curved beds planted with hellebores, a leucadendron, and hydrangeas border the immaculate and vast lawn.

Magnolia Grove A must see for rare and unusual plants and trees.

Waiongana Gardens A mostly flat garden with varied spaces, a sunken garden, rose garden, Redwoods and a developing produce area.

Tupare Gardens Tūpare is an Arts and Crafts-inspired property established in 1932 by the Matthews family.
Return to the hotel for dinner

Monday 31 October

New Plymouth City Gardens

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Three Elms There are many rooms to discover while enjoying abundant bird
life in the Chinese Elm trees and mature palms.

Nikau Grove Hundreds of nikau palms set the South Pacific theme. Native plantings and lush exotics create splashes of colour.

Hirst Cottage This minimalist garden adopts linear principles and is themed
“green and white with a touch of red”.

Nice Garden (lunch included) Lush palms and tropical foliage surrounds the deck.
An outside fire is also there in case of a cooler day.

Pukekura Park Taranaki’s premier botanical garden. Bush walks, rhododendrons and azaleas merge into more formal gardens.

Te Henui Cemetery An inner city treasure. Along with the beautiful garden, hear
history behind the gravestones.

Sequioa Steps – an inner city hideaway is planned for outdoor living. Structures
and the garden lights up at night. This a weather permitting visit”

Tuesday 01 November

Southern Garden Trail

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Boxwood Gardens This is a garden that will tick all the boxes

Openlands Nearly 60 years ago Openlands consisted of a homestead and two trees.

Tairoa Lodge (lunch included) History and beauty combine to create the ever-graceful Tairoa Lodge. Surrounded by sweeping lawns, towering kauri and

King Edward Park This garden has rose beds of both heritage and modern varieties, historic aged trees and a century old model boating pond.
Gravetye is a formal masterpiece.

Dinner included at the hotel followed by an evening at a lighted garden.

Wednesday 02 November

New Plymouth – Auckland

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After breakfast, head to June and Colin Lees garden – Carinhill
A garden framed by a canopy of deciduous trees. Rhododendrons, peonies, viburnums flower in abundance.
This afternoon we fly home after a wonderful five day stay in Taranaki.


• Return flight on Air New Zealand Auckland to New Plymouth
• Five nights New Plymouth
• Daily breakfast
• Lunch at the Nice Hotel
• Behind the Scenes at Juno Gin
• Meals as indicated
• Entrance to gardens as indicated (guided when necessary)
• Coach transfer throughout
• Pukekohe Travel Escort subject to 15 persons traveling


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 
   $2,401  $2,801

*This is a cash or direct debit price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment


Items of a personal nature

Optional cancellation insurance

Booking Conditions

• A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person will secure a place on this tour
• Final payment by 17 September 2022
• Final payment – non-refundable Cancellation Charges
• Deposit – non-refundable
• All cancellation charges are on a per-person basis.
• After 17 September 2022 – no refund


Deposit – non-refundable  

All cancellation charges are on a per-person basis.  

After 17 September 2022 – no refund 

Travel Insurance

We strongly advise all participants take out suitable travel insurance to cover cancellation costs.

Please ask for a quote.

Covid-19 Vaccination

Covid-19 Vaccination
All travelers must be fully vaccinated and be able to provide a copy of the Ministry of Health Vaccine Record Card with proof of your full Covid-19 vaccination.

Covid-19 Tour Disruption
• If this tour is canceled/postponed due to Covid-19 Government travel restrictions Pukekohe Travel reserves the right, in addition to any supplier imposed amendment and cancellation fees, to charge a service and administrative fee of $250 per person.
• If self-isolation restrictions are imposed by the Ministry of Health whilst on tour, Pukekohe Travel accepts no liability for any additional costs incurred.
• Pukekohe Travel will assist in every way possible to ensure any additional travel arrangements required are made with the minimal amount of disruption and in the most cost-effective manner.
• You cannot begin or continue to travel if you have received a positive Covid-19 test in the last 14 days.

Health and Fitness

To ensure the tour is enjoyable for the whole group, a moderate to good level of fitness is required.  


Terms and Conditions

For full terms and conditions please visit our website www.pukekohetravel.co.nz/ termsandconditions or ask our tour consultant for a copy

Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change