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Pukeiti Garden

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New Zealand - Taranaki - New Plymouth

Institution Code: PUKRT

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Pukeiti Garden

Renowned for its Rhododendron collection, Pukeiti is a 360 hectare rainforest property located between Mount Taranaki and the coast, just south of New Plymouth. Established in 1951, Pukeiti is an internationally recognised garden and plant collection.

Main Address:
Pukeiti Garden
2290 Carrington Road
New Plymouth
Taranaki 4374 New Zealand

Telephone: 06 765 7127
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Greg Rine
    Curator's Name: Andrew Brooker
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Lara Coxhead
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 6
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: Yes
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1951
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 334 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 26 Hectares
  • Total Area: 360 Hectares
    Latitude: -39.20113
    Longitude: 173.980916
    Annual Rainfall: 4000 mm
    Altitude: 480.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Pukeiti
  • Local Address: 2290 Carrington Road, New Plymouth
  • Locality: City: New Plymouth
  • Locality: State: Taranaki

Features and Facilities

  • Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 25000

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 1843
  • Special Collections:The focus of Pukeiti is Rhododendrons. These are set against a stunning backdrop of native forest. We also have an extensive collection of Camellias, Magnolias, Hydrangeas and perennials.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes
    Land Restoration: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes