This Event is over for 2019 watch this space for 2020


Friday, October 30, 2020 - Sunday, November 8, 2020

The Event


The 2019 Taranaki Garden Festival runs from 01-10 November, and is a spring celebration of glorious gardens and events. 

It offers a feast of private and public gardens, workshops, guest speakers, tours and events, all located around the beautiful Taranaki region.

For more information please go to 

If you would like some of our programmes simply send your postal address and the quantity required to or phone the festival office on 0800 746 363 and we will add you to the distribution list.  

Formerly the Rhododendron Festival we were established in 1987 and continue to delight people from all over the world. This year we offer you an intriguing mixture of both unique and stunning gardens, each with their own story to tell.  During the festival we have jam packed a mixture of free and paid events that will cater to your individual palette be it a family outing or wine on your mind.

Thank you, we look forward to hearing from you.


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The Event

Taranaki bursts into Spring with the Taranaki Garden Festival running from 1 - 10 November 2019. The annual ten day garden festival showcases some of New Zealand’s most stunning private and public gardens and inspiring events.

Our programme for 2019 is a fusion of some of the greater pleasures of life: gardens, art, food and events combine to make up a delectable serving of enjoyment for all ages.

Festival visitors can experience a diverse events programme, 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.


Event Details

Cnr of Brougham and Powerderham Street
New Plymouth, 4310
Ph: 0800 RHODOFEST (0800 746 363) free within New Zealand or Ph: + 64 (06) 759 8412
+ 64 (06) 759 8458
Contact Person
Tetsu Garnett - Festival Manager
Festival Dates
1 - 10 November 2019

Opening and closing hours for each garden vary and these are listed in the programme.
Garden Size
Garden sizes vary from smaller urban gardens to expansive rural settings and everything in between!

Each garden is $5, $10 or $15. Tickets are sold in $5 denominations Children 12 and under, free.

During the festival you can purchase tickets from The Festival Hub at the West End Precinct, Courtyard, White Heart Hotel, Cnr Devon St West and Queen Street.
Brochure Available?
Order your free festival programme here:
0800 746 363
There is parking available at the gardens in our festival. If you are bring a large coach or vehicle please check with the festival or the gardener first. Further information is available in the programme.
Some of our gardens have toilet facilities available. For more information please check the programme.
Food Available
Some of the public gardens have café facilities, some private gardens offer tea and coffee. Check the programme for more details.
Cafe/Resaurant Available
Taranaki has a wide range of eateries to choose from.
The public gardens in our festival welcome visitors to bring their picnics and enjoy their lunch. Contact private gardens in advance.
Wheelchair Access
Not all gardens in the festival are wheelchair or mobility scooter friendly. Check for the wheelchair friendly symbol in the programme.
Dogs Allowed
Generally dogs are not permitted in the private gardens, other than assistance dogs. 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 12 and under are free at this family friendly festival.
Accommodation in Taranaki during the time of the festival gets booked up fairly quickly. To avoid disappointment, we suggest you book 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.
0800 63 97 59
Plants/Other Sales
Some gardens have plants for sale.
Guided Tours
We do offer guided tours of the gardens - please check the programme for more information.