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  Tapuwae Garden

Address488 Tapuwae Rd
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone07 8784837
Contact PersonDoff Tombleson
HoursGroups please make an appointment, casuals all year around.
Garden Size8 acres, allow 2 hours
Brochure Available?Can be mailed out.
ParkingAvailable for buses coaches and cars
Food AvailableNo
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
PicnicsYou can picnic in many areas of the garden, if the weather is inclement, you can eat in the wool shed. There aren’t to many gardens where you can do this.
Wheelchair Access For the most of the garden, the garden is a very easy walk.
Dogs AllowedYes
Children AllowedYes, but please supervise them.
AccommodationWe are happy to recomend Aramatai B&B which is 20 minutes away.
Plant/Other SalesNo
Guided ToursYes
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesMake a day trip and visit Aramatai who have cottage accommodation, Te Kumi and Lesmoyle Park Garden & B&B.


The Garden

Tapuwae is a high altitude informal country garden in the middle of the Nth Island set among the most beautiful rural settings. Coming north from Auck you take S/H/W 30 at Te Kuiti, travel for 30 km and watch for the signs to the garden after Mangapehi.

Tapuwae was started some 40 years ago and boasts many very mature rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias cherries and many other trees and shrubs. Perennials provide ground cover in spring, gunnera hostas ligularia and primula surround the ponds and bog gardens.

Include views to MT Egmont and MT Ruapehu on a clear day. Arboretum. Water gardens. Many collections of plants including trilliums.

We have peacocks wandering everywhere along with many NZ native birds. The best time for Tapuwae is the spring although summer and autumn are also nice.

We are a garden of Significance with the NZGT

The Gardener

Howard and Doff have been on this beautiful piece of land for the past 40 years. They have worked extremely hard and passionately over the years together, and now have a son who is helping out where he can. Doff is a real plants person and has a true knowledge of plants that is now rear. She loves to have visitors who are interested in plants.
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Peacocks Rule the Roost
Lawn Area
Wisteria (lipstick)
Totara Log
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