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Taranaki Garden Festival

The Taranaki Garden Festival is in its 34rd 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.

We cannot resist an overnight at the wonderful Chateau Tongariro – it never disappoints.

Your travel itinerary

Thursday 28 October

Auckland to New Plymouth

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Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand, arriving early afternoon for a five night stay. Afternoon at leisure before a welcome dinner at the hotel


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

Goodin Country Garden 

The Van der Poel Garden & sculptures

Return to the hotel for an included dinner


Saturday 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, aa 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


Sunday 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.

Monday 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 pohutukawa.

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 Gravetye is a formal masterpiece. 

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

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 02 November

New Plymouth – Whangamomona to Chateau Tongariro

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After breakfast, head to June and Colin Lees garden – Carinhill – on the way to the Forgotten Highway.

A garden framed by a canopy of deciduous trees.  Rhododendrons, peonies, viburnums flower in abundance.

Travel onto Whangamomona for lunch at the historical hotel.

This afternoon continue along the Forgotten Highway to Chateau Tongariro for an overnight stay.

Wednesday 03 November

Chateau Tongariro – Auckland

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After breakfast, head north, stopping for a break along the way back to Auckland.



One way flight on Air New Zealand Auckland to New Plymouth

Five nights New Plymouth

One night Chateau Tongariro

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

Return coach Tongariro to Auckland

Pukekohe Travel Escort subject to 15 persons travelling


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 
   $2,625  $3,115

*This is a cash or cheque 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 2021

Final payment – non-refundable


Deposit – non-refundable  

All cancellation charges are on a per-person basis.  

After 17 September 2021 – no refund 

• If this tour is cancelled due to Covid 19 government travel restrictions, and a refund is available,Pukekohe Travel reserves the right in addition to any supplier imposed amendment and cancellation fees, to charge a service and administrative fee of $100 per person

Travel Insurance

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

Please ask for a quote.

Health and Fitness

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


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* Itinerary subject to change