Taranaki Powerco Garden Festival

Skip up the garden path(s) 30 OCTOBER- 2 November 2020

A Spring Celebration of Glorious Gardens & Events

In 2020, we will be taking a group again to The Taranaki PowerCo Garden festival for 4, days – October 30-November 2. We will be staying at Brougham Heights Motel.

Some of the gardens we intend to visit are: Nga Manu, Korito, Goodin Country Garden, the Van der Poel garden, Pukeiti, The Yews, Armstrong Garden, Te K.ukumara, Kairau Lodge & Vineyard, Marleswood, Greenhills, Cairnhill & Stanleigh. This list may change & be added to when the 2020 program comes out. Please get in touch if you want to receive updates.
Please get in touch if you want updates.

Formerly the Rhododendron Festival, The Powerco Garden Festival was established in 1987 and continues to delight people from all over the world. As usual, this year, there is an intriguing mixture of both unique and stunning gardens, each with their own story to tell.

The region's public gardens are festival gems, but it’s the private gardens open exclusively for the 10 days of the festival that are a "must see."


So much to see

Every year gardeners prepare and open up their beautiful gardens to excite and enchant visitors - both local and from around the world. Cottage gardens, native gardens, highly structured or rambling and informal offerings - whatever your taste in gardens there is something for everyone. Plus, of course, the many craft shops, galleries, nurseries, churches and other places of interest as you travel the region. This is a truly unique Spring experience, which inspires & motivates visitors to take their own gardening skills to the next level & gives them ideas to beautify their own personal patch of paradise. It's not just a show. This festival is a multi-day adventure exploring outstanding gardens.


This year, the Garden Festival will have a partnership with the Taranaki Arts Trail. Both festivals will open over the same weekend & present a dual program.

"The joint partnership between the Garden Festival & arts trail enhances the natural affinity between culture & creativity & you can expect to enjoy & experience a diverse array of work on display, with both nationally & internationally recognised artists & gardens...we see this as an opportunity to build & create new audiences for both festivals."...

Tikorangi The Jury Gardens


Bublitz Garden

Te Kainga Marire

Goodin Country Garden



The Van der Poel Garden
The Yews

Leonie's Garden

Stanleigh Garden

Waiongana Gardens

Three Elms

Hillsborough Hideaway Haven


Our accommodation is in the Brougham Heights Motel.


"Must-views are the unique sub-tropical Rimu Walk, the detailed woodland of the Avenue Gardens, the sunken garden and rockery both dating back to the 1950s.
The park has been changed to an actively-managed meadow with an acre of new summer perennial gardens comprising the Court Garden, twin borders, lily border, Caterpillar Garden and the Iolanthe Garden.


The owner has created an urban permaculture garden to educate visitors on sustainability, self-sufficiency and various ways to grow food. Five zones are planted with annual, biennial and perennial crops to keep the gardens producing for the entire year. Mandalas, espaliered fruit trees, a food forest and the ancient 350-year-old natural bush block are a surprising attribute.


"A plant collector’s paradise". This haven is filled with special plants from around the world. Lynn, who has a botany background, believes good gardens have a spiritual dimension, very tangible here.
A small garden of many levels, the lawn is surrounded by beds filled with interesting plants, a tapestry of foliage, including some rare offerings.
Like Pukeiti, this garden is backed by native bush which merges with the Te Henui Walkway. Italian linen sales from Willo will also be available.


This garden is the only private native garden sanctuary in New Zealand to be rated as a Garden of International Significance. "Te Kainga Marire’s (translated ‘peaceful encampment’) point of difference lies in the natural plant associations that evoke a feeling of the real New Zealand."

This native plant paradise was developed in 1972 from clay wasteland. The owners wanted a bird-friendly garden designed around the ecological groups they had observed in the wild. New Zealand native grasses, climbers, herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees have been carefully nurtured around rustic fences, a point, a colonial bush hut and cool fern-filled whare. Tui now regularly fly into the garden to feed.

This garden features in the BBC series Around the World in 80 Gardens, which first screened in 2008.


Set amidst old coastal lahars, very large volcanic rocks lend drama to this garden, with spacious lawns spreading out from the family home - surrounded by trees and abundant flowering plants, including flowering roses and rhododendrons.

Chris and Steak’s daughter, Nicci Goodin, is a prominent New Plymouth florist & much of the planting has her creativity in mind.

There'll be an extra dose of cuteness this Spring in this venue! Small, friendly, smiling Purebred Heritage Babydoll Southdowns, ideal lifestyle block pets.


COST:$1172.00pp. ( or $902.00pp twin share)

Payment due on booking. If you cancel within 2 weeks prior to travelling, other costs may be taken prior to refund, to cover necessary prepayments already made.

(Includes door-to-door transport from Tauranga, accommodation, garden entry).

Does not include food. Our accommodation has meal-making facilities. Many garden venues have meal or snack availability.


PH: (07) 544 1383 or 027 522 4607 tgatastingtours@xtra.co.nz