North Island's West Coast Sights

Hollard Gardens

  • 1686 Upper Manaia Rd. Map It
  • Kaponga
  • Garden/Arboretum
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

A detour into dairy country, 16 km (10 miles) southwest of Stratford, brings you to this well-regarded horticultural haven. In 1927, dairy farmers Bernie and Rose Hollard fenced a 14-acre patch of native bush and started what is now a garden of "national significance." There are two distinct sections. One is an old woodland garden of mature native and exotic trees, with closely underplanted rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, and perennials. The other, established in 1982, has broad lawns, paths with mixed borders, hidden paths, a children's play area, and vistas of Mt. Taranaki. Managed by the Taranaki Regional Council for all to enjoy, the gardens are particularly colorful during the rhododendron flowering season from September to late November. Self-contained campervans can stay overnight.

Sight Information

Address:

1686 Upper Manaia Rd., off Opunake Rd., Kaponga, Taranaki, 4679, New Zealand

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Phone:

0800-736–222

Sight Details:

  • Free

Published 08/30/2016

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