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Waipahihi Botanical Gardens

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Address: Shepherd Road, Taupo, New Zealand
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+64 7-378 2937

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Not the best time to visit but still appreciated the beautiful bush. Easy to get around - plan to do it again in spring

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not the best time to visit but still appreciated the beautiful bush. Easy to get around - plan to do it again in spring

Thank lekiln
Havelock North, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This reserve has few deciduous trees but what there is were showing off the most gorgeous colours especially the Reds. We often visit here when in Taupo, the rhododendrons & azaleas are gorgeous later in the year, the views to the lake are lovely & the natives especially the kauris will be really something in years to come. This reserve... More 

Thank Susie v
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A team of volunteers care for this forested park full of character trees such as groves of kauri, rhododendron and camellia. Natives and exotics combine for a wonderful experience. Donation boxes allow visitors to show their appreciation for this 'labour of love' Taupo treasure.

Thank Hadia P
Johannesburg, South Africa
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited in April 2017, still very pleasant. There are good walking tracks. A great attraction to visit for free.

Thank Krishan1234
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We accidently came across the gardens as we came into Taupo from Napier. The autumn foliage was in its most brilliant form. The meandering paths took you through deep ferny glades. The rhododendrons and azaleas would be amazing in spring and we are already planning to return in October to enjoy the lavish celebration of their colour and form. The... More 

Thank Kay O
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

The Botanical Garden were bursting with flowers and the smell was amazing. Beautiful grounds with some good views of Taupo. A nice place to get lost for an afternoon.

Thank Catey B
Taupo, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Well set out gardens, good walking tracks that would take a push chair or wheel chair. An oasis not far from the city.

Thank nottinghill11
Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Listed as a Reserve rather than a Garden....best seen in the spring (October or so) when the Azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias are in bloom and this should be in their literature. Otherwise, a great place to walk, the various plants are marked and there are lots of benches to sit on.

Thank DJS1950
Perth, Australia
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62 reviews
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Reviewed 4 February 2017

Wonderful garden - if you are short on time, just drive thru. Or, stop off at the various signposted walks, and/or take a picnic and enjoy your meal in a grassy spot with lake views. Loved the lake views, bird life, and variety of plants. Had a wonderful close up encounter with a fantail, and saw 4 Tuis.

Thank Zeddy-boo
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Reviewed 16 January 2017

We love visiting gardens when on holiday as we are members of the Royal Horticulture Gardens in England. These garden are obviously on a much smaller scale, but very interesting nevertheless. It is divided into specialised areas and of course many of the lovely plants we saw wouldn't survive in U.K. except in a greenhouse. It was lovely to see... More 

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