Walks delight at any time
Walk more than 20km of bush tracks to explore old logging lines, a bush tramway, mountain streams and a waterwheel.
View the garden for all seasons with something in flower everyday of the year and attractive grassed garden walks which are enhanced by the multitude of bird life.
Rhododendron Stroll: This is the main-season walk (approximately 45 minutes) to view the major plantings and spring features in October and November, the peak rhododendron season.
Valley of the Giants Walk: The early-season walk (approximately 60 minutes) is designed to take the visitor through the plantings of the large leaf rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias and other early features.
Puketewhiti Trail: This starts out in the inner garden but continues on a more rugged route into the rainforest, following a mountain stream. The path takes you to the top of Pukeiti Hill (approximately two and a half hours). Not suitable for wheelchairs.
For thousands of years, Pukeiti was unspoiled virgin rainforest. Most of the rimu were removed in a decade during logging in the 1920s.
Afterwards, some areas remained forested while others were used for pasture or pine plantations. Now, more than 80 years later, the forest covers the land once more.
Pukeiti's rainforest tracks take you through this regenerating rainforest with remnant pockets of mature forest and some ancient rimu trees.
There are spectacular views of the Tasman Sea, and the Pouakai and Kaitake mountain ranges.
Be prepared for possible changes in weather conditions. There are three unbridged streams that can be impassable after heavy rain.
Mobile phone coverage is not reliable in this area, so please be careful.
Patuha Track: 1.2km
Te Iringa Track: 0.8km
Kaitake Track: 1.9km
Summit Track: 1km (further 400m to summit)
Jubilee Track: 1.3km
Saxton Track: 1.6km
Rimu Track: 0.7km
(Photos: Pat Greenfield)