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, Pukeiti is now recognised as a Garden of National Significance or a five star garden.

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 daily over the summer months, from 10am - 4pm, serving up a delicious array of treats. 

Designed with seasonal interest in mind, there are three marked trails to explore: Rhododendron Stroll, Valley of the Giants walk and Puketewhiti Trail.

Visitors can also wander freely around the gardens, though beyond the established area is the domain for serious trampers.

The Kids Treehouse Trail is a free self-guided activity through the gardens using an activity satchel which can be collected from the Rainforest Centre (outside the Founders Café) any day of the week. The 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.

Rainforest and garden walks range from 45 minutes to 2 hours in duration, and wheelchair and pushchair options are available, all with storytelling along the way. A fourteen-seater mobility vehicle offers tours between 11am and 11.30am, Friday to Monday.

Pukeiti is owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council, and admission is free

Contact Details

Physical Address

2290 Carrington Road



Disabled Access

Suitable wheelchair access