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  Hackfalls Arboretum.

AddressHackfalls Arboretum is located at 187 Berry Road, Tiniroto.
RegionGisborne Region
Privately owned or publicPublic
Email
Phone06 863 7083
Fax06 863 7083
Contact PersonDiane Playle
Websitewww.hackfalls.org.nz
Hours9-5 all year by appointment only
Garden SizeHackfalls Arboretum covers about 100 acres, part of a much larger sheep and cattle station. The gardens around the homestead are about half an acre. We cater to large groups, allow 1-2 hours for your visit.
PriceHackfalls Arboretum is open daily. Adults $5, children are free.
Brochure Available?Brochure and Map
ParkingOff street parking for buses coaches and cars
ToiletsYes
Food AvailableBy arrangement
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingYes
PicnicsYes
Wheelchair AccessYes
Dogs AllowedNo dogs please, we are a sheep station, so if you do happen to come with a dog please keep it in the car.
Children AllowedYes
AccommodationImmerse yourself in the beauty of Hackfalls Arboretum with a stay in the arboretum's own comfortable two-bedroom unit. This home away from home features two single beds in each bedroom, a fully-equipped kitchen, living/dining area and bathroom. Price includes a delicious home-cooked meal.
WeddingsFor photos only by arrangement
Plant/Other SalesSpecimen trees by arrangement
Guided ToursGuide tours around the arboretum are available on request. Tours cost $10 per person and are up to an hour on foot or in a vehicle Your guide will be Diane Playle, the niece of Hackfalls Arboretum founder Bob Berry, who lives at Hackfalls and has extensive knowledge of the history and collections of the arboretum.
Function center?No
Winery?No
Other FacilitiesTiniroto is a charming rural settlement off the beaten track between Gisborne and Wairoa. Attractions close to Hackfalls Arboretum include
The Tiniroto Tavern
Trout fishing on the Ruakituri River
Horse trekking
Te Reinga Falls in the Ruakituri Valley
Mt Whakapunake
Doneraille Park


Hackfalls Arboretum is home to a variety of stunning walks which are the perfect way for you to explore all the picturesque tree collections, gardens and lakes this beautiful arboretum has to offer.

Lake Walk

Take in all the brilliance of the Scarlet oaks and Azalea garden, not to mention the glassy lakes which make Hackfalls Arboretum so unique.

Ridge Walk

This walk boasts beautiful views of the Karangata Lake and surrounding areas. You'll also be taken past collections of Holly oaks, rowens and pine trees.

Karangata Walk

This walk takes in the charming Karangata Lake and mainly comprises oaks, including the Mexican oaks Hackfalls is best known for, and also Sorbus aucuparia.

Bush walk

This is a short walk through native bush. Keep an eye out for the beautiful New Zealand birdlife that call this walk home.

Map

The Garden


Located in Tiniroto near Gisborne, Hackfalls Arboretum is home to over 3000 species and varieties of oaks, alders, cherries, magnolias, maples and more. The collection of evergreen and semi-evergreen Mexican oak species is considered the largest private collection of oaks in the world.

Four hectares of original forest together with the arboretum have been protected by a Queen Elizabeth II Trust covenant since 1985.

On the north side of lake Kaikiore you can find an area with about 50 different azaleas and rododendrons.

Lady Anne Berry came to live at Hackfalls Arboretum in the early 1990s and made a number of magnificent extensions to the homestead garden. She focused on planting well-growing specimens of many interesting shrubs, plants and cultivars, as well as endemic species including Muehlenbeckia astonii.

The homestead garden is sited on the brow of a hill overlooking a lake and the most spectacular views

Unusual herbaceous, alpine plants and New Zealand natives are some of the interesting plants found there.

The Gardener

Hackfalls Station was first named Abbotsford by its original owners, the Whyte family, who immigrated to New Zealand from Scotland and acquired the Tiniroto property in 1889. In 1916, the Berry family bought ‘Abbotsford'. Bob Berry was born that same year and grew up to be a farmer, inheriting the property in about 1950. Bob developed a special interest in trees for both their botanical interest and beauty and concentrated on growing oak trees, particularly Mexican oaks. The property's name was changed to Hackfalls in 1984 when Bob's niece Diane Playle and her husband Kevin bought into and ran the stock side of the station. The name Hackfalls was chosen as this was where the original Berry family lived in Yorkshire, England - Hackfall Wood. Bob was then free to concentrate on the arboretum and in 1990 he married Lady Anne Palmer, an English horticulturalist who established Rosemoor Garden in Devon. Anne's expertise proved invaluable at Hackfalls as she extended the existing homestead garden and introduced a variety of new plants. In 1993, Hackfalls Arboretum was made a charitable trust and now has over 3000 rare trees and shrubs growing across 50 hectares.
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Lady Anne Berry came to live at Hackfalls Arboretum in the early 1990s and made a number of magnificent extensions to the homestead garden. She focused on planting well-growing specimens of many interesting shrubs, plants and cultivars.
Unusual herbaceous, alpine plants and New Zealand natives are some of the interesting plants found there.
Puya berteroniana, the Blue Puya, is one of the largest genera in the Pineapple Family. It can reach 6-10 feet tall. The Blue Puya shows full beauty of colour and form in every way and appears to be from another world. The large flower stalks of this plant rise from the masses of curling, silvery foliage, displaying deep turquoise blue flowers, 2" in diameter, and in the centre of the flowers, beaming out, are the highly contrasting orange anthers attracting birds, bees and other insects.
The homestead garden is sited on the brow of a hill overlooking a lake and the most spectacular views.
Hackfalls Arboretum is home to over 3000 species and varieties of oaks, alders, cherries, magnolias, maples and more.
The collection of evergreen and semi-evergreen Mexican oak species is considered the largest private collection of oaks in the world.
Hackfalls Arboretum is home to a variety of stunning walks which are the perfect way for you to explore all the picturesque tree collections, gardens and lakes this beautiful arboretum has to offer.
Guide tours around the arboretum are available on request. Tours cost $10 per person and are up to an hour on foot or in a vehicle Your guide will be Diane Playle, who lives at Hackfalls and has extensive knowledge of the history and collections of the arboretum.
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