Taranaki Garden Festival

The 31st Powerco Taranaki Garden Festival is running from the 26th October to the 4th of November this year. Formerly the Rhododendron Festival, the Taranaki Garden Festival was established in 1987 and is a fantastic opportunity to visit a range of tremendous public and private gardens throughout the region. This year categories include public gardens, working market gardens, several new entrants and of course a plethora of private gardens available for viewing during this week only. 

Our own Puketarata Gardens is listed as #28 on the Garden Festival Page with more information available here. During the festival we will be open 9:00am – 5:30pm and admission is 2 tickets or $10 per person. Find out more about our garden and what we offer here

Take a drive around the mountain and explore the fantastic blend of native and in-bloom exotic plants on show! A complete listing of gardens can be viewed here

We look forward to seeing you at Puketarata Gardens during the Powerco Taranaki Garden Festival. 

Ken is participating in the Taranaki Garden Festival Speaker Series


‘An Ancient Garden – Puketarata’

From bush clearings to a palisaded earth structure, Māori lived and gardened at Puketarata or its adjacent kainga (village) Keteonetea for four or five hundred years. Well located, in clearings in heavy bush, with fresh water, the nearby Mangemange river, and an escape route up a forest track to the safety of the Ngaere swamp.

Sometime around the 15th or 16th centuries, the age of pa building began and Puketarata pa is one of a number in the valley. Little specific history is known of that time.

The musket wars beginning in the 1820s impacted heavily on Taranaki and on Puketarata/ Keteonetea. The arrival of Pakeha in increasing numbers from 1840, the 1860s’ land wars and the consequent confiscation of Māori land had a destructive effect throughout Taranaki.

Puketarata garden lies just inside an outer pa rampart, on a warm, north-facing, free-draining slope.

Enjoy the garden, a walk along the pa site and a conversation about Puketarata’s place in history with owner and amateur historian Ken Horner.

Date/Time  Sat 27 Oct, 11am, Weds 31 Oct 11 am, Sat 3 Nov 11 am
Venue  Puketarata Garden, 14 Ngawhini Road, Hawera 4674
Admission  Free event, usual garden fees applies ($10pp)

Festival Gallery