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Monday, June 29, 2020

Taranaki Garden Festival: Everything You Need To Know

The Taranaki Garden Festival is perhaps one of the most anticipated gardening events in New Zealand. This 10-day event features tons of unique experiences that gardening enthusiasts all over the country will love. Here’s everything you need to know about this gorgeous gardening showcase:

When and where does the Taranaki Garden Festival take place?

The Taranaki Garden Festival is a 10-day annual event that usually happens during the tail-end of October to the beginning of November. This year, the Taranaki Garden Festival will be held from October 30th to November 8th.

What’s great about this famed event is that it doesn’t simply focus on one garden; instead, it features multiple public and private gardens across New Zealand’s scenic Taranaki region. Here you can explore a wide variety of gardens, from sprawling rural gardens to space-conscious urban set-ups and everything in between.

Who organises this event?

The Taranaki Garden Festival is organised by the Taranaki Garden Trust, in cooperation with local garden owners, artists, and other creatives within the region. Formerly known as the Rhododendron Festival, the event was first established back in 1987 to showcase New Plymouth’s stunning rhododendron gardens and has since expanded into the diverse event we know today.

What are the activities you can do during the Taranaki Garden Festival?

The Taranaki Garden Festival features a lot of fun activities and more than 40 different points of interest.

First, you get to explore multiple private and public gardens all over the Taranaki region. Guided and self-drive tours are available. Most of these garden tours are free and include beautiful gardens like Pukeiti and Hollard Gardens, which are both known for their scenic views, sprawling acreage, diverse plant collections, and of course, their impressive rhododendrons. If you wish to enjoy a more intimate setting, however, smaller private gardens and scheduled house tours are also available.

Many cafes and eateries dot the event trail, so don’t be afraid to sample the local delights. Most participating gardens and establishments also have ample parking and toilet facilities for your convenience. 

Second, you can visit various venues dedicated to culture and the arts! Explore art galleries, museums, pottery studios, and artisan workshops. This year, the Taranaki Garden Festival has partnered with the Taranaki Arts Trail to bring more artists to the event. If you’re an art enthusiast, this is the perfect festival for you.

Third, the events and activities. The Taranaki Garden Festival features fun events fit for every member of the family. If you’re more adventurous and would like to kick the adrenaline rush up a notch, though, you can also surf down the Taranaki coast, take on a trail to Mt. Taranaki, or go on a drive along Forgotten World Highway. The possibilities are endless!

Don’t miss this gardening event!

The Taranaki Garden Festival has remained a favourite among gardening enthusiasts over the years. With its many activities and attractions, it sure won’t be difficult to fill those 10 days with wonderful memories that you’ll remember for many years to come! Experience the beauty of the Taranaki region and start planning your itinerary to the Taranaki Garden Festival today.


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