Taranaki Garden Festival

Taranaki Garden Kings

Secret Gardens of Taranaki and Beyond

2nd - 7th November 2019
The Taranaki Garden Festival, formerly known as the Taranaki Rhododendron Festival is now in its 32nd year. New Zealand’s premier spring garden festival, is a festival like no other offering the most stunning range of spectacular gardens. The warm and hospitable garden owners is what has made this event international famous. The festival gardens show the care and dedication that only those who love growing things can provide. Presenting almost 50 fabulous gardens from newly created concepts to well developed and mature landscapes, the festival encourages you to take the time to wander through many and meet the garden owners who are knowledgeable and helpful.
Twilight Travel & Tours have been visiting the festival for over fourteen years and have developed an itinerary that showcases the best the festival has to offer.
Our original, signature tour "Secret Gardens of Taranaki & Beyond", has a range of gardens including our favourites from previous years and a selection of gardens that are new comers to the festival in recent years. This tour also travels further south to Kimbolton, just north of Feilding, where we visit Cross Hills Gardens featuring New Zealand's largest and most comprehensive collection of flowering rhododendrons and azaleas.
Tour Includes:
  • Home collection & drop off within Auckland (Whangaparaoa to Papakura)
  • Coach travel
  • Professional Tour Manager/Host
  • 5 nights accommodation with buffet breakfast
  • Buffet or three course set dinner daily
  • Admissions to 10 festival gardens
  • Pukeiti Gardens
  • Cross Hills Rhododendron Garden
  • Hamilton Gardens
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary


  • Ex Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga & Wellington $1970.00 per person twin share.
  • Single Room Supplement $ 530.00
  • Twin share guaranteed. 
  • Prices from other towns/regions on application, please phone 0800 999 887.
General Information:
  • The festival programme is not released until late July. Some of the gardens mentioned in the itinerary may not be partaking in this year’s event and will be substituted with a similar style of garden.
  • Passengers from Wellington travel by Intercity Bus to New Plymouth and return from National Park on the Northern Explorer Train.
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