This Event is over for 2017 watch this space for 2018


Friday, October 26, 2018 - Sunday, November 4, 2018

The Event

Welcome to the Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular 2017! 

Taranaki bursts into Spring with the Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular running from October 27th - November 5th 2017. The annual ten day rhododendron festival showcases some of New Zealand’s most stunning private and public gardens and inspiring events.

Our programme for 2017 is a fusion of some of the greater pleasures of life: gardens,art and events combine to make up a delectable serving of enjoyment for all ages.

Taranaki is a place with a mountain as its heart – Mount Taranaki has a ring plain of rich volcanic soil, patterned with hundreds of rivers and streams. Many of these waterways flow into the Tasman Sea, which pounds Taranaki’s vast stretches of rugged coastline. It is also one of the only places you can surf and ski in the space of one afternoon!

Due to our warm temperatures, high sunshine hours and good rainfall, gardens and parks flourish in our region. As a result Taranaki has some of the best public and private gardens on offer in New Zealand, including more Gardens of National and Regional Significance than any other region. The annual ten day festival is the longest running garden festival in the country and showcases some of New Zealand’s most stunning private and public gardens.

Festival visitors can experience a diverse events programme, an exclusive landscape design project, guided walks, a garden speaker series and more!

To request a free festival programme, email us on or call the festival office on 0800 746 363.

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Event Details

Our festival office is located in New Plymouth on the corner of Powderham & Brougham Sts. PO BOX 4251, New Plymouth 4340.
Ph: 0800 RHODOFEST (0800 746363) free within New Zealand or Ph: + 64 (06) 759 8412
+ 64 (06) 759 8458
Contact Person
Leigh Gatward-Cook Festival Manager
The festival commences on the 27th October and runs till the 5th November. Opening and closing hours for each garden vary and these are listed in the programme. Most gardens operate between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm with slight variations.
Garden Size
Garden sizes vary from smaller urban gardens to expansive rural settings and everything in between!
You can pre-purchase tickets at official ticket outlets, or at any of our festival gardens.

You can purchase as many tickets as you need and there is no booking fee! We encourage pre-purchasing tickets so that our gardeners are free to walk and talk you around their gardens.

Each garden has nominated their charge of either $5, $10 or $15. Tickets are sold in $5 denominations, so that a $5 garden requires one ticket and a $10 garden requires two tickets etc. Children 12 and under, free.

Look out for the following symbol in the garden descriptions. This symbol highlights how many tickets you need to visit that garden.
Brochure Available?
To order your handy hard copy of the programme email us on
or call the festival office 0800 746 363.
There is parking available at or near to all of the gardens in our festival. If you are bring a large coach or vehicle please check with the festival or the gardener first.
Some of our private and public gardens have toilet facilities available, please check the key in the individual garden listings to see which gardens this applies to.
Food Available
Some of the public gardens have café facilities and some of our private gardens offer tea and coffee facilities. Please check the key in the individual garden listings to see which gardens this applies to.
Cafe/Resaurant Available
There are many cafe's and restaurants in the Taranaki region to choose from. Some of the public gardens have café facilities and some of our private gardens offer tea and coffee facilities - look in their descriptions to see which gardens this applies to.
The public gardens in our festival welcome punters to bring their picnics and enjoy their lunch! As far as our private gardens, it is best to contact the individual gardener to check if this is okay in advance.
Wheelchair Access
Not all gardens in the festival are wheelchair or mobility scooter friendly. All gardens that are highly accessible will have a small wheelchair logo next to them in our programme or online directory.
Dogs Allowed
Other than disability assist dogs, dogs are not permitted in the private gardens. Some of the public gardens listed in our programme do allow dogs to enter them if on a lead. Please contact the individual gardens in question to check on their policy.
Children Allowed
Children are allowed at the festival - all children 12 years and under are free with a paying adult.
Accommodation in Taranaki during the time of the festival gets booked up fairly quickly. To avoid disappointment, we suggest you book yours early. There is plenty of choice available throughout the region. Some accommodations outlets are listed in our free programme. For any help securing your accommodation during the festival, we highly recommend you contact our Puke Ariki i-site and they will be happy to help you. You can contact them by ringing them on 0800 63 97 59 or you can head to their website on
Guided Tours
We do offer some guided tours of the gardens - please check the programme for more information.