The Taranaki Garden Festival is a festival like no other, offering the most stunning range of spectacular gardens. The warm and hospitable garden owners are what has made this event internationally famous. The festival gardens show the care and dedication that only those who love growing things can provide. Presenting over 40 fabulous gardens from newly created concepts to well-developed and mature landscapes, the festival encourages you to take the time to wander through many and meet the garden owners who are knowledgeable and helpful.
Formerly the Taranaki Rhododendron & Garden Festival, New Zealand’s premier Spring Festival is now in its 36th year, and it is one of the longest-running garden festivals in New Zealand.
Our tour programme features a range of gardens from sizeable private country estates to small city gardens. This tour travels south to include Cross Hills Gardens – New Zealand’s largest and most comprehensive collection of flowering rhododendrons and azaleas.
Our coach departs from Auckland, Sunday 29th October and will travel via Hamilton to collect passengers. There are 3 nights in New Plymouth for two full days of garden visits, one night in Palmerston North where we visit Cross Hills Rhododendron Garden and a night in Taupo. The tour returns to Auckland Friday 3rd November at approximately 5.30 pm.
Home collection & drop off within Auckland (Whangaparaoa to Papakura) & Tauranga
Professional Tour Leader
5 nights accommodation
Daily cooked breakfast and dinner
Admission to 10 festival gardens
Cross Hills Gardens
Woodlands Estate - Gordonton
Zealong Tea Estate - High Tea
Sightseeing as per itinerary*
*The festival programme is not released until late July. Some of the gardens mentioned in the itinerary may not be partaking in this year's event and will be substituted with a similar style of garden.