Thank you to everyone who visited our gardens and attended our events for the 2021 Taranaki Garden Festival.

Opening hours

Garden open times vary depending on the garden, but most gardens are open between 9:00am-5:00pm.  To find out the exact opening and closing times of the gardens you plan to visit please refer to our programme.


Not all gardens in the festival are wheelchair, pushchair or mobility scooter friendly.  All gardens that are highly accessible will have this logo next to them in our programme or online directory. If you have questions regarding accessibility to a garden, give them a call.


Other than service dogs, animals are not permitted into private gardens.  Some public gardens listed in our programme do allow dogs to enter, but only on a leash.  Please contact the individual gardens in question to check on their policy.

Food and Drink

Some of our festival gardens have tea and coffee facilities available.  Any garden that has this facility available will have a tea cup logo against them.


Children 12 years of age and under are free entry with a paying adult.

Lakes, Rivers and Ponds

Some gardens have large bodies of water on the property. A river/lake or pond, should there be one, will be identified on signage at each garden entrance.  If you are visiting one of these gardens and have small children with you, please be aware of your small garden companions at-all-times.

Smokefree Venue

All parks, Outdoor Areas, gardens and venues are Smoke Free.


The risk of exposure to Covid-19 and transmission in New Zealand remains real, so we all must continue to be vigilant. By following public health practices, The Taranaki Arts Festival Trust supports New Zealand's efforts to minimise the impact of the virus on our community.

We are complying with the Events Sector Voluntary Code, which outlines what events managers can do to safely deliver events by following best practice expectations, which are based on Ministry of Health guidance to reduce Covid-19 related risks.

At Alert Level 1, there are no physical distancing requirements or limits on the number of people who can attend social gatherings or events. Under all Alert Levels, our event sites are required to display the official NZ COVID Tracer QR code posters in a prominent place at or near the main entrances to each of their premises. We encourage you to support us and continue to scan in at each of our event sites.

At Alert Level 2, the festival can go ahead but with restrictions.  Let's try to keep NZ as COVID 19 free as possible.  

To ensure the health and wellbeing of all the festival visitors we recommend that you scan in using the NZ COVID Tracer app, pre-purchase tickets to avoid garden gate queues, we encourage you to wear a face covering, social distance from people you do not know, practice good hygiene by using the hand sanitiser and stay home if you are sick.