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Taranaki Garden Festival

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


Dates for this year are Fri 29th Oct - Sun 7th Nov 2021. Head to the website after the launch mid-July 2021."

Formerly the Rhododendron Festival we were established in 1987 and continues to delight people from all over the world. We offer you an intriguing mixture of both unique and stunning gardens, each with their own story to tell.  A spring celebration of 40 glorious gardens and events will showcase 4 NEW gardens as well as those who have not presented in years. 

This year we are teaming up with the Taranaki Arts Trail, where over 80 artists around Taranaki are opening their studios to the public on the weekend of 30th, 31st and 1st

Our regions public gardens are our festival gems, but it’s our private gardens open exclusively for the 10 days of the festival that will be a must-see. Self-drive around our majestic Taranaki Maunga (mountain) and explore the beauty of our region.

Our programme with the map for the Taranaki Garden Festival is available now.

To purchase tickets visit www.gardenfestnz.co.nz or call us at 0800 746 363.
Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to Taranaki.

The Taranaki Garden Festival will take place from 30 Oct – 8 Nov 2020 

Click here for the digital programme of the festival https://issuu.com/taft2020/docs/taranaki_arts_festival_2020_programme_issuu/2



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.

Get your 2020 Festival Programme

Visit our website and sign up for a Taranaki Garden Festival programme and map. Start planning now!

By requesting a programme you will automatically be added to our mailing list to receive updates on festival information.


  • Accommodation
    Accommodation in Taranaki during the time of the festival gets booked up fairly quickly. To avoid disappointment, we suggest you book early. There is 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
    Each garden has nominated their charge of $5, $10 or $15. Free entry for children 12 and under.
  • 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.


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