Pukeiti (gardens)

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Pukeiti (gardens) is located in New Zealand
Pukeiti (gardens)
Map of New Zealand
Location Taranaki, New Zealand
Nearest city New Plymouth, New Zealand
Coordinates 39°05′19″S 173°58′51″E / 39.08851°S 173.980829°E / -39.08851; 173.980829Coordinates: 39°05′19″S 173°58′51″E / 39.08851°S 173.980829°E / -39.08851; 173.980829
Area 49 acres (20 ha)
Established 1951
Operated by Taranaki Regional Council
Status Open all year

Pukeiti is a garden of international significance in Taranaki, in the western North Island of New Zealand. It is located in a gap between two sections of the Egmont National Park, to the northwest of the main cone of Mount Taranaki, on a saddle between it and the small Kaitake Range which stretches towards Oakura. The garden named for the Pukeiti (literally "little hill") lava dome which is nearby. It is listed as one of Taranaki's top 20 visitor attractions [1]

Founded in 1951 by William Douglas Cook (who also founded Eastwoodhill Arboretum, Ngatapa, Gisborne) and Russell Matthews, Pukeiti is now one of the country's top rhododendron gardens, run by the Taranaki Regional Council. Facilities include a visitor centre, cafe and covered walkways. The property covers 360 hectares (890 acres) and includes 26 hectares (65 acres) of garden set within original and regenerating rainforest, with a total of 21 km (13 mi) of walkways.

An interactive catalog of plants at Pukeiti is available here.


  1. ^ Tourism Taranaki website

External links

  • Pukeiti - Taranaki Regional Council
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