This Event is over for 2018 watch this space for 2019


The Event

Every year our Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival (you can down load this brochure) garden members prepare and open up their many beautiful gardens to excite and enchant their many visitors from Taranaki, New Zealand and around the world. Cottage gardens, native gardens, highly structured or rambling and informal, whatever your taste in gardens there is something for everyone with over 60 private gardens open. The Taranaki Garden Trust (TGT) also encourages the visitors to explore the many craft shops, galleries, nurseries, churches and other places of interest along the Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival and Vintage Machinery Trail thus creating a truly Taranaki Experience as they travel the region. This is a truly unique spring experience, that has visitors inspired and motivated to take their own gardening skills to the next level, not just a show, this festival is a 10 day adventure into outstanding gardens throughout the region. 

Check here for a map and the location of our listings.


Among the 60+ gardens and places of interest for visitors to see there will be new private gardens. Our entries are spread around the region in Hawera, Inglewood, New Plymouth, Waitara and Opunake. It is good to have fresh gardens and ideas for the regular festival visitors but they also like to revisit gardens they have seen in past years to see what changes have been made and how the plants have grown.




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Event Details

Contact Person
The festival commences on the 26th October and runs till the 4th November. Opening and closing hours for each garden vary and these are listed in the brochure/website. Most gardens operate between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm.
Garden Size
Garden sizes vary from smaller town gardens to expansive country settings.
Garden entry is $2 per person payable at each garden. Children under 12 are free.
Brochure Available?
Brochures are delivered nationwide to most iSites and large garden centres on August 7th. Please send an email if you are unable to locate a copy. Alternatively you may view the garden details on our website and their is the option on our website to download a copy of our brochure.
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 applicable garden owner first, their contact details will be available on our website and in the brochure.
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
Please check the key in the individual garden listings to see whether food is available. Some gardens offer complimentary tea/coffee.
Cafe/Resaurant Available
There are many cafe's and restaurants in the Taranaki region to choose from.
You are welcome to bring a rug and picnic to our gardens.
Wheelchair Access
Please see the key in each individual garden listing to see if they have wheelchair access.
Dogs Allowed
Other than disability assist dogs, dogs are not permitted in the private gardens.
Children Allowed
Children are allowed at the festival - all children 12 years and under are free with a paying adult.