Established in 1951 when keen horticulturalist William Douglas Cook purchased a 63 hectare hill block with the vision of creating a vast natural garden of rhododendrons, Pukeiti is now recognised as a Garden of National Significance or a five star garden.
Boasting more than 10,000 rhododendrons and azaleas amongst lush native bush, ferns, mountain streams and a lively bird life, Pukeiti features drifts of primulas, hostas, bluebells and the world renowned vireya collection, to provide year-round interest.
Overlooking the gardens, the Gatehouse Café serves morning tea, afternoon tea and light lunches over the summer months.
Designed with seasonal interest in mind, there are three marked trails to explore: Rhododendron Stroll, Valley of the Giants walk and Puketewhiti Trail.
Visitors can also wander freely around the gardens, though beyond the established area is the domain for serious trampers.
A fourteen-seater mobility vehicle offers tours between 11am and 11.30am, Friday to Monday.
Pukeiti is owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council, and admission is free