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Taranaki Garden Festival

Festival Office TAFT. Cnr of Brougham and Powerderham Street. New Plymouth, 4310


 New Dates  Fri 1st November through to 10th November 2024

The Centuria 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 offers countless opportunities to soak up the region’s wealth of gardening knowledge, immerse in the thriving creative community, and enjoy world-class regional hospitality and attractions. 

The 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. 


The Gardener

The stars of the 10-day festival are the glorious gardens Taranaki has to offer. Meet the owners and be inspired and informed by their garden creations.

Garden Size

Garden sizes vary from smaller urban gardens to expansive rural settings and everything in between!

Other Facilities

Each year we present a smashing range of enticing events. Some are for learning, some are for inspiration, and some are just so you can get all dolled-up and dance the night away with like-minded garden lovers!

Most events require you to book tickets, but there are some fantastic free options in this year’s line-up.


  • Accommodation
    Accommodation in Taranaki during the time of the festival gets booked up fairly quickly. To avoid disappointment, we suggest you book early. There are plenty of choices available throughout the region. Some accommodations outlets are listed on our free programme. For any help securing your accommodation during the festival, we highly recommend you contact our Puke Ariki i-site and they will be happy to help you. 0800 63 97 59 http://visitnewplymouth.nz/accommodation
  • Price
    Pre-purchase tickets so that our gardeners are free to walk and talk. Tickets are available from official ticket outlets, online or from the TAFT office. Each garden has nominated their charge of one, two or three tickets and each ticket is universal and can be used in any festival garden. Tickets are sold in $5 denominations. Free entry for children 12 and under. Most events require you to book tickets, but there are some fantastic free options in this year’s line-up.
  • Parking
    There is parking available in the gardens at our festival. If you are bringing a large coach or vehicle please check with the festival or the gardener first.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Not all gardens in the festival are wheelchair, pushchair or mobility scooter friendly. Check for the wheelchair friendly symbol in the programme.
  • Dogs allowed?
    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 available?
    Some of the public gardens have café facilities, some private gardens offer tea and coffee. Check the programme for more details.
  • Cafe/Restaurant available?
    Taranaki has a wide range of eateries to choose from.
  • Picnics
    Some of our festival gardens welcome visitors to bring their picnics and enjoy their lunch. Contact private gardens in advance.
  • Children allowed?
    Children 12 and under are free at this family-friendly festival.
  • Toilets?
    Many of our gardens have toilet facilities, these are identified in the programme.
  • Plants/Sales
    Many gardens have plants or art for sale.
  • Guided Tours
    We do offer guided tours of the gardens - please check the programme for more information.


Festival Office TAFT. Cnr of Brougham and Powerderham Street. New Plymouth, 4310

Our gardens are listed from north to south, right around our beautiful Maunga. You can find out about all the regional attractions around the gardens on our Visit Taranaki page. Use the Garden Filter to find gardens in certain regions of Taranaki, or with certain features.