With its mild climate and moderate rainfall, Taranaki is home to some of the country's most beautiful and distinctive gardens.
Wander the pathways of one of New Zealand’s acclaimed botanical attractions, a 32- hectare rainforest park called Pukeiti that lies at the base of Taranaki Maunga. Spring is the most colourful season in the park – look for magnolias and hybrid rhododendrons as well as native orchids and cobra lilies.
Also in Taranaki lies Pukekura Park, a huge area of water features, gardens and display houses. Garden lovers should also make sure they don't miss Tupare, a beautifully distinctive garden only a short drive away from New Plymouth.