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.
Four main walks are set out at Pukeiti, ensuring visitors see the areas of the gardens that have the most on offer at any time of year.
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 is a more rugged walk designed to take in the natural beauty of Pukeiti by walking the bush and following a mountain stream. The path takes you to the top of Pukeiti Hill (approximately two and a half hours). Not suitable for wheelchairs.
PUKEITI OUTER TRACKS: These trails require a good fitness level and you should allow a half to a full day. Please ensure you are prepared with adequate clothing, food, water and a good map.
(Photos: Pat Greenfield)