What's new for Taranaki Rhododendron Gardens in 2021
Our Taranaki Rhododendron Gardens tour is always one of our most popular trips and a great way for both guests and Kiwi Guides to get back into springtime touring after our winter break.
Everyone always enjoys the magnificent rhododendron gardens of Pukeiti and Tupare, the sights of New Plymouth, visits to Cross Hills garden in the Manawatu and overnights stays in Whanganui and Tongariro National Park.
In 2021 we have some exciting new additions to the itinerary, with an extra day included to explore even more of New Zealand's best rhododendron gardens. Read on to find out what's new, see our favourite photos from last season and read guest reviews.
What's new in 2021 for our Taranaki Rhodendron Gardens
Every single one of our tours is a work of art in its own right, an ever evolving creation which is lovingly nurtured by our team to make it better and better each year.
For the upcoming spring season we've added an additional day to the tour, which means guests this year will visit the following gardens for the first time:
Hikurangi Gardens, Okato
A 7 acre park-like garden, richly planted around a lake and beautifully manicured.
Openlands Country Garden, Manaia
A hosted lunch with Marie Mills in her wonderful garden which includes a church, museum and aviary.
Sanderson's Garden, Hawera
A delightful garden adorned with sculptures and ornaments to complement the shrubs, herbaceous plantings and roses.
van der Poel Garden, Okato
A well established garden featuring mature trees, expansive lawns, formal plantings, sculptures and a native bush walk.
Guest reviews of our Taranaki Rhododendron Gardens tour
The best way to find out what it's really like on one of our tours is to read what other travellers have said. Here's a selection of reviews from guests on our Taranaki Rhododendron Gardens tours last season.
The tour was fantastic, accommodation was perfect and the food A1. Graeme was our driver, he was excellent. He gave a very informative commentary throughout, was helpful and really made the trip for us. Can't wait for the next one in January!
The tour was well organised and a wide variety of gardens were visited. Our driver/guide was excellent and had everything under control all trip. Hotels and meals met all my expectations. The information told by the guide along the way was interesting and we all learnt a lot from him. All my Moa trips have been great.
First class tour guide and driver, who was very knowledgeable, and gave just the right amount of information without overloading us. The whole tour was a very pleasant experience with friendly company and beautiful scenery. I did the tour seven years ago as well and this time saw many new sites I had never seen before.
See our favourite pictures from last year's Taranaki Rhododendron Gardens tours
Our resident garden tour experts, Kiwi Guides Graeme and Andre, led four tours last spring. Here's a selection of their favourite photos.