Pukeiti was established in 1951 when keen horticulturalist William Douglas Cook purchased a 63 hectare hill block with the vision of creating a vast natural garden of rhododendrons.
Boasting more than 10,000 rhododendrons and azaleas amongst lush native bush, ferns, mountain streams and a lively bird life, Pukeiti features drifts of primulas, hostas, bluebells and the world renowned vireya collection, to provide year-round interest.
Overlooking the gardens, Founders Café is open every day over the summer months, from 10am - 4pm, serving up a delicious array of treats. Check website for opening days during the other seasons.
Visitors can wander freely around the gardens, do one of the marked trails or choose a more serious day tramp in the rainforest. There are three marked trails to explore, the Rhododendron Stroll, the Valley of the Giants Walk and the Puketewhiti Trail and they range from 40 minutes to 2 hours long. A ten-seater mobility vehicle offers rides for less able visitors at 11am, Friday to Monday and there is a wheelchair accessible walkway to the waterwheel lookout.
The Kids Treehouse Trail is a free self-guided activity through the gardens using an activity bag which can be collected from just outside Founders Café any day of the week. There’s a Giant Rata tree where the kids can climb inside the trunk - and for the more adventurous, they can climb right through to the other side.
Pukeiti is owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council on behalf of the people of the region. It’s open all day, every day and entry is free.

Contact Details

Physical Address

2290 Carrington Road



Disabled Access

Suitable wheelchair access