Taranaki Garden Festival

From $1120.00 per person

Awaken your senses with an impressive array of gardens. The Taranaki Garden Spectacular showcases a dynamic display of private & public gardens and we plan to visit as many as we can over the four days, including the world renowned Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust.

Friday 26 October –  Monday 29 October 2018  (4 Days)

Day 1 – Friday 26 October 2018 HOME CITIES – NEW PLYMOUTH (D)
Today we travel to New Plymouth travelling State Highway 3 via Te Kuiti, and the Awakino Gorge Road to Mokau. A stop here for you to purchase your lunch. Continuing on into New Plymouth we visit Pukekura Park with its many displays, before arriving at our hotel. During the tour we will utilize any spare time by visiting more local gardens.

Day 2 – Saturday 27 October 2018 TARANAKI GARDENS (BD)
This morning we visit a selection of gardens within the New Plymouth central area. We then continue on to the world renowned garden of Pukeiti where we enjoy the rhododendron and bush gardens, grass walks, mountain streams and glass houses. Time for lunch during this visit. This afternoon we head towards the seaside township of Oakura to visit Maureen Looney’s Historical Garden. Their wonderful garden incorporates many of the original plantings from the late 1880s. Clivias, rhodos and ferns line the easily accessible bush walk – the jewels being Maureen’s roses.

Day 3 – Sunday 28 October 2018 TARANAKI GARDENS (BD)
We have quite a selection of gardens to visit today in the areas of Inglewood, Stratford, Hawera and Manaia. This depends on the gardens participating. We will have our lunch break in Stratford where you will have the opportunity to view the Glockenspiel. The glockenspiel housed in the clock tower is the only one of its kind in New Zealand. The music was accompanied by scenes from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, acted out by wooden figures (made by Nigel Ogle) in the windows near the base of the tower.

Day 4 – Monday 29 October 2018 NEW PLYMOUTH – HOME CITIES (B)
This morning, we will visit the historical Tupare Grounds and gardens. Tupare is an Arts and Crafts inspired property established in 1932 by Sir Russell and Lady Matthews. In the garden, reflecting Lady Matthew’s legacy are a herbery, domestic glasshouse and cottage lawn borders. Her husband favoured rhododendron hybrids, camellias, fuchsias, hydrangeas, magnolias and deciduous trees including the beautiful dove trees Davidia involucrata which bloom during the festival. Before departing New Plymouth to make our journey home, we will visit the stunning Te Rewa Rewa Bridge.