Taranaki is fast becoming known as the garden capital of New Zealand, nestled between the majestic mountain and the wild west coast are some of New Zealand’s most spectacular private and public gardens.
The Taranaki Garden Festival, formerly the Rhododendron Festival, was established in 1987.
The national annual ten-day festival is one of the longest-running in the country offering visitors an exclusive opportunity to discover and explore Taranaki- like no other, our unique environment, scenery, and glorious award-winning gardens.
Our festival has countless opportunities to offer, soak up the region’s wealth
of gardening knowledge, immerse in the thriving creative community, and enjoy the world-class regional hospitality and attractions.
The garden festival features over 40 gardens around Taranaki, from the established park-like country gardens, sustainable urban food forests, inner-city sub-tropical rainforests, and native sanctuaries. Close to half of our festival gardens are recognised by the New Zealand Gardens Trust as International, National and Regional gardens of significance.
The festival has partnered with Taranaki Sustainable Backyards Trail since 2017, helping celebrate local efforts in sustainability and inspiring everyday people in the community to make lifestyle changes to live more sustainable lives.
The Trail involves individuals, families and community organisations generously opening their ‘backyards’ to the public to inspire creativity, innovation and dedication to living in balance with the environment.
In 2020 the garden festival partnered with the Taranaki Arts Trail, offering visitors to Taranaki an indulgent visual feast of gardens and art, inspirational, exciting and a celebration of creativity in the region. Taranaki Arts Trail will again adopt the Spring dates and increasing the event from one weekend to two in 2021.
Please refer to the pull out map of Taranaki, which has all our gardens, advertisers and ticket outlets. It also features the Taranaki Sustainable Backyards Trail and the Taranaki Arts Trail.
Auckland–New Plymouth 4 hrs 30 mins
New Plymouth–Inglewood 15 mins
New Plymouth–Stratford 30 mins
New Plymouth–North Egmont 30 mins
New Plymouth–Ōpunake 45 mins
New Plymouth–Hāwera 55 mins
Stratford–Taranaki Maunga 15 mins
Stratford–Hāwera 30 mins
Stratford–Whangamomona 1 hr 30 mins
Hāwera–Whanganui 1 hr
Hāwera–Wellington 3 hrs 30 mins
Keep New Zealand COVID free
To ensure the health and wellbeing of all the festival visitors we recommend that you download the NZ COVID Tracer app, keep a record of your movements, practise good hygiene and stay home if you feel unwell.
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