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Bason Botanic Gardens, Wanganui
Officially opened in 1982 the Gardens were part of Bason Farm, and were gifted to Wanganui by Stanley & Blanche Bason.
Camellias, daffodils, magnolias and cherries feature in spring, with roses and perennials in summer. Foliage colour from the many deciduous trees provides interest in autumn. Specialists will enjoy the outstanding orchid collection.
There is an area of native revegetation which is now maturing, and a bank of native hebes.

Address: Rapanui Road, Wanganui
Open- Daily 8.00am to dusk
Entrance Fee- Free
Owner- Wanganui District Council
Tel +64 6 342-9472

Bridger Park, Eltham
The Manawharawhara stream runs through Bridger Park, edged with kowhai and rhododendrons. Spring blossom, magnolias and the kowhai are a feature, followed by rhododendrons.
There is an area of native planting

Address: Stanners Street, Eltham
Open- Daily from dawn to dusk
Entrance Fee- Free
Owner- South Taranaki District Council
Tel +64 6 278-8010; Fax +64 6 278-8757

Greenlake Estate, Feilding
Greenlake Estate is an informal garden set in 2 acres of almost flat lawns sloping down to a large dam. Planting began in 2001 when it was just a bare paddock. The garden is filled with a wide range of exotics, natives and perennial border garden plants. The garden is shared with free range chooks, geese, guinea fowl, cats and dogs.
Address: 865 Mt Stewart Halcombe Road, Feilding (RD 9 Feilding)
Open- From Sep 08, by appointment. Groups accepted.
Entrance Fee- Adults $8, Groups $5 pp for groups of 20 or more, Children (accompanied) Free, Dogs OK
Facilities- Teas, Plant Nursery
Directions- From SH1 in Sanson: go up Cemetery Rd, then left into Mt Stewart Halcombe Rd. From Feilding: travel up Sandon Rd to Mt Biggs School. Turn right into Mt Stewart Halcombe Rd. From Palmerston North: travel up Rangitikei Line to Mt Stewart Halcombe Rd and turn right.
Owners- Jo & Murray Whitehead
Tel +64 6 328 8082; Fax +64 6 328 8082
Email :

Hollard Gardens, Kaponga
The garden of the late Bernard Hollard, Hollard Gardens houses a collection of unusual plants including many rhododendrons.
The old garden was formed within an area of native trees, while the New Garden has wide lawns and clear views to Mount Taranaki.

Address: Upper Manaia Road, Kaponga, Taranaki
Open- 9.00am to 5.00pm 1st September to 31st March
      1 April to 31 August
Entrance fee- $5.00 adult
Owner- Queen Elizabeth II National Trust
Tel +64 6 764-6616; Fax +64 6 764-6544

Hurworth, New Plymouth
The first New Zealand home of Harry Aktinson, later a New Zealand Premier, Hurworth has an attractive garden.

Address: 906 Carrington Road, New Plymouth
Open- 10.00am to 4.00pm Wedndesday to Sunday
Closed- Mondays, Tuesdays, Christmas Day & Good Friday
Entrance Fee
Owner- New Zealand Historic Places Trust
Tel +64 6 753-6545; Fax- +64 6 753-6545

Heritage Park, Kimbolton
(formerly Kimbolton Rhododendron Gardens)
Generous lawns and mature trees set off the collection of over one thousand rhododendrons in this showcase garden for the New Zealand Rhododendron Society.

Address: Haggerty Street, Kimbolton
Open- Daily from 9.00am to dusk from the fist weekend in October to mid-December. Rest of year- by appointment
Entrance fee - $5.00 adult
Owner- New Zealand Rhododendron Society
Tel +64 6 328 5746

King Edward Park, Hawera
The centrepiece of King Edward Park is the shallow lake, surrounded by weeping willows.
Plantings of cherries, magnolias, rhododendrons and roses extend the plantings. There are some natives and a Chinese garden.

Address: High Street, Hawera
Open- Daily from dawn to dusk
Entrance fee - Free
Owner- South Taranaki District Council
Tel +64 6 278-8010; Fax +64 6 278-8757

Glenbrook, Levin
A garden with many trees, over 100 rhododendrons, and many magnolias and camellias. A large collection of roses, as well as perennials and daylilies are included in Glenbrook's 0.8 hectares (2 acres). The orchid collection of Australian species and cultivars features from late July to October.

Address: Gleeson Road, Levin (Postal: Gleeson Road, RD 31, Levin)
Open- By appointment between 9.00am and 4.30pm from September to April; the Orchid House is open from 9.00am to 4.30pm all year; Groups by appointment, No Dogs, Children must be accompanied, Wheelchair access
Closed- Garden closed from May to end August
Entrance fee- Adults $3.00, Children free; $3.00 per person for groups
Facilities- WC, Plant Nursery
Directions- On SH 1 between Levin and Otaki- 11 kms south of Levin, 6 kms north of Otaki
Owner- Bev Mooney
Tel +64 (6)362 6835; Fax +64 (6)362 6835

Bloemendaal, Palmerston North
A large city garden with a wide range of features. Woodland paths, bush walks, and perennial gardens with a large pond, a range of mature ornamental and fruit trees, some protected. Other features include dovecote, gazebo, and tranquil vistas with seating. In all seasons, from spring bluebells to autumn colour from deciduous trees, Bloemendaal is a delightful garden to visit.
Address: 40 Pahiatua Street, Palmerston North
Open- 9.00am to 5.00pm from 1 September to end May; No Dogs, Groups by Appointment Only, Children must be accompanied, Wheelchair access
Closed- 1 June to end August
Entrance fee- Adults $3.00
Facilities- WC, Plant Nursery, Garden Weddings and Wedding Photos by arrangement
Directions- From the Sqaure, Palmerston north, turn south down Fitzherbert Avenue, then turn left into Te Awe Awe Street, continue to the roundabout at Village and straight ahead into Pahiatua Street. Bloemendaal, at No. 40, is on your right, up a driveway.
Owner- Gytha & John Wyatt
Tel +64 (6) 358 7268

Bloemendaal, Palmerston North

Cedar Lodge, New Plymouth
New Zealand's largest selection of commercially available conifers. Conifers are long lived plants with a tremendous range of textures and colours, often changing with the seasons, and encompass a myriad of shades, shapes and sizes. This nursery display garden enables visitors to see and experience the vast range of conifers available today.

Address: 63 Egmont Road, Bell Block, New Plymouth
Open- 10.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Saturday all year; 10.00am to 4.00pm Sunday from from January to end March; Groups by appointment, No Dogs, Children must be accompanied, Wheelchair access
Closed- Sunday from January to March
Entrance fee- Free for adults and children; $2.00 per person for buses
Facilities- WC, Plant Nursery, and Christmas shop November to 24 December
Directions- 1 km from New Plymouth to Bell Block highway, turn onto Egmont Road in direction of Egmont Village, Cedar Lodge is on your left.
Owner- David & Noeline Sampson
Tel +64 (6)755 0369; Fax +64 (6)755 0319; Email :; Website:

Cedar Lodge
Magnificent views of Mt Taranaki (Mt Egmont) from Cedar Lodge

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Pukeiti, New Plymouth
Lying on the foothills of Mount Taranaki (formerly Mt Egmont) Pukeiti holds the largest collection of rhododendrons and azaleas in New Zealand. The high rainfall and fertile soils make ideal conditions and the gardens are justifiably world famous.
Planted as a garden rather than a formal collection, Pukeiti has many magnolias, enkianthus, viburnums and other shrubs and perennials thoughout.
An area of natives forms the 'Founders Garden'.

Address: 2290 Carrington Road, near New Plymouth
Open- Daily 9.00am to 5.00pm
Closed- Christmas Day
Entrance Fee- $6.00 adult
Owner- Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust
Tel +64 6 752-4141; Fax +64 6 752-4151

Pukekura Park, New Plymouth
Established in 1876, Pukekura Park has two lakes and extensive rhododendron collections. A fernery holds collections of ferns and subtropical plants. A gingko dates to 1841 and there is an area of native forest, including a puriri which is estimated to be 2,000 years old.

Address: Fillis Street, New Plymouth
Open- Daily 8.00am to dusk
Entrance fee- Free
Owner- New Plymouth District Council
Tel +64 6 759-6060; Fax +64 6 759-6074

A varied collection of trees, rhododendrons, and azaleas surrounds the Chapman-Taylor cottage.
Maples, cherries and magnolias fill the garden with blossom in spring. Also of interest are the native trees and plants.

Address: 487 Mangorei Road, New Plymouth
Open- 9.00am to 5.00pm 1st September to 31st March
      1 April to 31 August
Entrance fee- $5.00 adult
Owner- Queen Elizabeth II National Trust
Tel +64 6 758-5893; Fax +64 6 758-5893

Victoria Esplanade Gardens, Palmerston North
Opened to mark Queen Victoria's 60th Jubilee, the Esplanade Gardens include a large duck pond, a cherry drive and an avenue of phoenix palms.
The rose garden has over 5,500 varities and incorporates the International Rose Trial Grounds
There are walkways and a minature railway through native bush.

Address: Manawaroa Street, Fitzherbert Avenue & Park Road, Palmerston North
Open- Daily 8.00am to 9.00pm October to March
      8.00am to 6.00pm April to November
Entrance fee- None
Owner- Palmerston North City Council
Tel +64 6 356-8199; Fax +64 6 359-1837

Virginia Lake Reserve, Wanganui
Named for Virginia Waters in Surrey, and exclusive area bordering Great Windsor Park, the Reserve is divided into four main areas. The Australian area features eucalyptus and wattles, while English trees dominate in that area.
There are some excellent examples of native New Zealand trees including rimu, totora and kauri.

Address: Great North Road, Wanganui
Open- Daily daylight to dusk
Entrance fee- None
Owner- Wanganui District Council
Tel +64 6 345-8529; Fax +64 6 345-2472

Cross Hills Gardens, Kimbolton
A 7.2 hectare (18 acre) country garden which holds one of the best collections of rhododendrons and azaleas, over 2000 varieties, in the world. Many other rare trees, shrubs and perennials have been planted to add interest in all seasons and provide a colourful and vibrant display.

Address: Rangiwahia Road, RD 54, Kimbolton, Manawatu
Open- 10.30am and 5.00pm daily all year; Groups by appointment only, No Dogs, Wheelchair access
Entrance fee- $7.00 adult, $1.00 children over 12 years, $6.00 each for groups of 20 and over
Facilities- WC, Cafe, Teas, Plants Nursery
Directions- Rangiwahia Road is 5 kms north of Kimbolton (32 Kms north of Fielding), 45 minutes from SH 1 at Mangaweka
Owner- Rodney and Faith Wilson
Tel +64 (6)3285 797; Fax +64 (6)3285 773; Email:

Crosshills Garden
Azaleas and rhododendrons at Crosshills Garden, Kimbolton

The Herb Farm, Palmerston North
Tranquil themed gardens of 1.2 hectares (3 acres) set in the rural Manawatu. Gardens for the young and the old, for fragrance, healing and culinary use. A working herb garden providing herbs for cafe, medicinal purposes and gifts

Address: North Grove Road, Palmerston North (Postal: RD 10, Palmerston North)
Open- 10.30am to 5.00pm November to February; 11.00am to 4.30pm March to October; Children must be accompanied, Wheelchair access
Entrance fee- $3.00 adults, children free
Facilities- WC, Cafe, Teas, Plant Nursery, Gift shop, herbal products and oils for sale
Directions- 10 kms from Fielding or Palmerston North, North grove Road runs between Ashurst-Bunnythope Road and Colyton Road
Owner- Lynn Kirkland
Tel +64 (6) 326 8633; Fax +64 (6) 326 9650

The Herb Farm
The Herb Farm, Ashurst

Greenhaugh, Palmerston North
A large, semi-formal garden surrounds a colonial homestead. Diverse planting includes box-edged borders of old-fashioned roses, lilies, bearded iris, as well as many unusual perennials, and bulbs and water treasures. A potager, gardens of poppies, euphorbias, geraniums, grasses and heat-loving plants.

Address: 914 Napier Road, Palmerston North
Open- 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday all year (Saturday and Sunday between 9.00am and 5.00pm by prior appointment only); Groups by Appointment only, No Dogs, Children must be accompanied, Wheelchair access
Closed- Saturday and Sunday
Entrance fee- $3.00 adults, children free, Groups $3.00 per head
Facilities- WC, Plant Nursery, Picnics welcome
Directions- From Palmerston North take SH 3 (Napier Road) north, continue past the 100 km/h (open road) sign for 6.5km. The garden is signposted on your right.
Owner- Lynne Atkins
Tel +64 (6) 357 3878; Fax +64 (6) 357 3868

Ohorere, Wanganui
Ohorere, Wanganui

Ohorere, Wanganui
A garden of 'old world' style romance that covers 0.7 hectares (1.5 acres) and set on the banks of the mighty Wanganui River. Abundant heritage roses, rhododendrons, camellias, historic trees, native bush walk and pond areas.

Address: 701 Papaiti Road, Wanganui
Open- 10.00am to dusk; Groups by Appointment only, Children must be accompanied, Wheelchair access
Entrance fee- $3.00 adults, children free
Facilities- WC, Cafe, Teas, Gift Shop, Plants for sale
Directions- Situated on the western banks of the Wanganui River, Ohorere is a 20-minute drive (14 kilometres) north of Wanganui City centre. From the City Centre take Somme Road and continue along Papaiti Road. The garden is at 701 Papaiti Road.
Owner- Terry and Carol Delaney
Tel/Fax +64 (6) 342 5848; Email:; Website

The information here is believed to be correct but changes do occur. There may be closures and changes to times of opening. Entrance fees may vary without notice. cannot take any responsibility for any errors, changes or omissions. Visitors travelling a distance to visit a garden are advised to check opening times with the owners before setting out.
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