Taranaki Garden Festival: Secret Gardens & Beyond

Taranaki Garden Kings

29th October - 3rd November 2023

The Taranaki Garden Festival is a festival like no other, offering the most stunning range of spectacular gardens. The warm and hospitable garden owners are what has made this event internationally 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. 

Formerly the Taranaki Rhododendron & Garden Festival, New Zealand’s premier Spring Festival is now in its 36th year, and it is one of the longest running garden festivals in New Zealand.

Our tour programme features a range of gardens from large private country estates to small city gardens. This tour travels further south to include Cross Hills Gardens – New Zealand’s largest and most comprehensive collection of flowering rhododendrons and azaleas.

Our coach departs from Auckland, Sunday 29th October and will travel via Hamilton to collect passengers.  There is 3 nights in New Plymouth for two full days of garden visits, one night in Palmerston North where we visit Cross Hills Rhododendron Garden and a night in Taupo. The tour returns to Auckland Friday 3rd November at approximately 5.30pm.

Tour Includes:
  • Home collection & drop off within Auckland (Whangaparaoa to Papakura) & Tauranga
  • Coach Transport
  • Professional Tour Leader
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily cooked breakfast and dinner
  • Admission to 10 festival gardens
  • Cross Hills Gardens
  • Hamilton Gardens
  • Woodlands Estate
  • Zealong Tea Estate - High Tea
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary*

    *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. 


  • Ex Auckland, Hamilton or Tauranga             
    $2370 pp twin share
  • Ex Wellington/Palmerston North
    from $TBC pp twin share
  • Single Supplement $580
  • Prices from other towns/regions on application, please phone 0800 999 887


  • From Auckland
    29 October - 3 November 2023
Booking Terms & Conditions
  • A non-refundable deposit of $150.00 per person is required to secure booking.
  • Balance is due 45 days prior to tour departure.
  • Fees may apply for cancellation, amendments and changes.
  • Passengers should be reasonably fit, in good health and physical condition, and be able to walk moderate distances to fully participate in the sightseeing and activities included in the itinerary. 
  • It is encouraged, but not a requirement to be vaccinated for Covid-19.
Please read full terms and conditions.
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