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  Tupare

Address487 Mangorei Rd, New Plymouth 4312. c/- Taranaki Regional Council, Private Bag 713, Stratford 4352
RegionTaranaki
Privately owned or publicPublic
Email
Phone64 06-765 7127 Free phone 0800 736 222
Fax64 06-765 5097
Contact PersonGreg Rine
Websitewww.tupare.info
HoursThe property will always be open to the public from 9am to 5pm daily and 9am to 8.00pm during daylight saving.
Garden SizeA uniquely landscaped 3.6ha heritage garden and Chapman-Taylor homestead.
PriceFree
Brochure Available?On request
ParkingTraffic management and parking - Tupare has a car park up top and there is a strict limit on the number of vehicles permitted down in the garden area — please discuss with appropriate garden staff.
ToiletsYes, three toilets, one wheelchair accessible, are on the south side of the Gardener’s Cottage.
Food AvailableNo.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingThere is seating around the grounds to sit and relax.
PicnicsYes please bring a picnic to the gardens.
Wheelchair AccessGarden staff will unlock the gates at an arranged time to allow vehicles to deliver those with disabilities.
Dogs AllowedOnly on a leash.
Children AllowedYes, please supervise.
AccommodationNo but we are happy to recommend local New Plymouth accommodation.
WeddingsTupare is an ideal venue for weddings. The house is not available for weddings. The Elizabeth Garden lawn, adjacent to the small pond is suitable for up to 40 people. Cottage lawn, between the limestone pergola and the brick arch, is an option for up to 80 people.
Plant/Other SalesPlants available only during the Rhodo Festival
Guided ToursVolunteers will be trained in hosting visitors and extensive botanical and historical information is available.
Function center?No
Winery?No
Other FacilitiesFree house tours

Free house tours are run at 11 am on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 1 October to 31 March.

Tours for groups can be arranged at other times.

The house is available for suitable local charity fundraiser's free of charge. Maximum of six events a year, the house is also available for private bookings.

A photography workshop is part of regular programme of events at Tupare

A house with its own unique style

Initially designed by the renowned James Chapman-Taylor, the house at Tupare was built under the direction of Russell Matthews. Much of the furniture and accessories were bought on overseas trips, or commissioned to Matthews' specifications.

Russell and Mary Matthews were familiar with the work of James Chapman-Taylor through the house he had designed and built (work began in 1930) for C A Wilkinson, the MP for Egmont, at Pukearuhe, now known as “Wilkinson’s Castle”.

Chapman-Taylor prepared drawings for Tupare. The Matthews required minor changes to these including the size of the dining room in order to accommodate the family dining table (hence the cantilever above the garage).

Chapman-Taylor was not prepared to make the changes, and furthermore he insisted that he should provide full-time supervision for the construction of the house.

This was entirely unnecessary, in Russell Matthews’ view, and the commission was terminated. The house as built, however, followed the general form and plan layout as originally designed.

The main construction during 1932 to 1935 was supervised by Russell Matthews. The house took 12 years to complete with most of the construction work carried out by Russell Matthews’ road construction gangs in the winter off-season through an employment agreement with a government department.

New Plymouth building firm Jones and Sandford carried out some of the work including the preparation of timber. Sand and shingle from the neighbouring Waiwhakaiho River were used to make the concrete for the house and the original cedar roof shingles were imported from Canada.

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The Garden

Tupare is a beautifully restored garden that surrounds a classic arts and crafts era Chapman-Taylor home, near New Plymouth. Sculpted from a hillside overlooking the Waiwhakaiho River, it is one of the Taranaki region's premier landscaped gardens and features many large mature trees. The property was originally developed by prominent Taranaki businessman Sir Russell Matthews.

The Gardener

Russell Matthews had a strong vision, a sense of style, a good eye for landscaping and the skills and wherewithal for major construction. He enjoyed fashionable plants and liked to be first to acquire them, often buying two or three at a time because of the status they afforded the garden. His vision lives on at this grand property, which the people of the region are free to enjoy. Check www.tupare.info for more on the history of the home and family.
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The house is available for suitable local charity fundraiser's free of charge. Maximum of six events a year, the house is also available for private bookings.
Much of the furniture and accessories for the house were bought on overseas trips, or commissioned to Matthews' specifications.
Tupare is a beautifully restored garden that surrounds a classic arts and crafts era Chapman-Taylor home, sculpted from a hillside overlooking the Waiwhakaiho River.
Russell Matthews had a strong vision, a sense of style, and a good eye for landscaping.
A house with its own unique style.
The garden is a geat place to bring children to.
Autumn colour
The garden features many large mature trees.
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