North Island's West Coast Sights

Te Kainga Marire

  • 15 Spencer Pl. Map It
  • New Plymouth
  • Garden/Arboretum

Published 10/27/2015

Fodor's Review

Valda Poletti and Dave Clarkson transformed what was a clay wasteland in 1972 into one of New Zealand's few "gardens of international significance," featured in the BBC documentary Around the World in 80 Gardens. With everything from alpine to forest plants, the garden resembles a piece of native New Zealand bush. There's even a hunter's camp and bushman's hut, legacies of Dave's earlier days as a professional deer hunter. Though within the city limits, the garden is in a green oasis beside Pukatea Dell Reserve and the Ti Henui Walkway and Stream.

Sight Information


15 Spencer Pl., New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand

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Sight Details:

  • NZ$10
  • Sept.–Apr., daily 9–5, by appointment except during Taranaki Garden Spectacular

Published 10/27/2015


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