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  Rainbow Gardens

Address359 Surrey Rd Tariki. Between Inglewood and Stratford. 20 minutes from New Plymouth. When you turn into Surrey road we are a 3 min drive, watch for signs.
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone06 7624858
Contact PersonDave & Phyllis Sharpe
HoursOur gardens are now closed for the next 10 months and we will reopen for the 2011 Fringe Festival.
Garden Size2,acres, We welcome large and small groups
Price$2.00 adults $1.00 Childen
Brochure Available?Can be mailed out.
ParkingOn & off road parking and excellent coach & bus turning, and parking.
Food AvailableNo
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
PicnicsBring a picnic and have it by our mountain stream which runs through the garden as there are many picnic spots.
Wheelchair AccessThe garden is wheelchair friendly
Dogs AllowedOn a leash
Children AllowedChildren allowed, we are children friendly and have many special areas.
Plant/Other SalesNo
Guided ToursYes
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesA special feature at Rainbow Gardens tucked away in the bush is ''Gnomesville'' for children.

Further down the road are a collection of beige donkeys, who all have great personalities. The donkeys are available for rides for children


The Garden

Rainbow Gardens is 1500 ft up the eastern slopes of MT Taranaki. On clear days the Mountain is right there as the most amazing backdrop to the garden.
We have a wealth of plant material - Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Maples, Natives, Roses and many Perennials , Hostas, etc.
Also starting a collection of Tree Peonies.

The Gardener

Phyllis & Dave are seasoned gardeners and have developed Rainbow Gardens in different stages over the last 12 years, and a few "Debates".. When I meet this couple I was given the warmest of welcomes, their enthusiasm for their garden was great. My son and I were taken down the road to meet more of the family, 15 gorgeous beige donkeys, who all had amazing personalities. Dave and Phyllis are also behind the running of the garden festival held in Taranaki each November. This has grown in 4 years from a few gardens to over 70 and attracts visitors from all over the world.
Click on any image below to enlarge
MT Egmont looks over our garden.
Gnomesville for all ages
Through to the Bush Walk
Dray a heavy four-wheeled vehicle pulled by draught animals which was formerly often called a wain, and if low and sideless may be called a dray.
Sunny day in the Garden
The Amazzzing Maze
Spring time
Further down the road are a collection of beige donkeys, who all have great personalities. The donkeys are available for rides for children
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