Taranaki Regional Council
Pukeiti houses a world-class rhododendron collection uniquely nestled in Taranaki rainforest. It was established in 1951 by Douglas Cook of Eastwoodhill and 25 founding members of the Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust who all had a passion for growing rhododendrons. Pukeiti is now proudly owned by the Taranaki Regional Council.
Experience an explosion of colour as hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas flower against a lush backdrop of native forest and volcanic ranges. There are many kilometres of tracks for either a garden walk or a longer adventure into the rainforest. In particular the Rhododendron Stroll, which includes the beautifully scented Loderis, which is a treat for the senses during spring.
On arrival at the newly completed Rainforest Centre, the Rimu Room offers a snapshot of the history of the garden and the area. Enjoy the hospitality of the Founders Cafe, open daily from 10am – 4pm throughout the festival. the newly completed Lodge is the latest in a comprehensive redevelopment project and during the Festival, the Lodge will host a flower display of best blooms from Pukeiti.
Bookings are essential for large groups and garden tours during this busy time, please call 0800 736 222 for information and enquires. A mobility vehicle is available on request for those people with disabilities.
Pukeiti, like Hollard Gardens and Tupare is owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council. All three gardens are free to enter and open every day of the year.