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Set in a magnificent rainforest on the lower slopes of Mt Taranaki, Pukeiti is New Zealand’s premier rhododendron garden.

Boasting more than 10,000 rhododendrons and azaleas amongst lush native bush, ferns, mountain streams and a lively bird life, Pukeiti features drifts of primulas, hostas, bluebells and the world renowned vireya collection, to provide year-round interest.

Overlooking the gardens, the Gatehouse Café serves morning tea, afternoon tea and light lunches over the summer months.

Designed with seasonal interest in mind, there are three marked trails to explore: Rhododendron Stroll, Valley of the Giants walk and Puketewhiti Trail.

Pukeiti is now recognised as a Garden of National Significance or a five star garden.

Pukeiti is owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council, and admission is free

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