Be part of the Pukeiti story

Volunteers are sought to fill important roles at one of Taranaki’s most renowned attractions.

Pukeiti is looking for volunteers to be involved in a range of activities including events, biodiversity work, tour guiding and gardening.

“Pukeiti has seen some exciting developments over the past few years and they haven’t finished yet,” says Greg Rine, Regional Gardens Manager for the Taranaki Regional Council.

“Visitor reaction has been overwhelmingly positive and a lot more people are coming to check it out for themselves.”

Greg says there are a host of options for volunteers wanting to be involved. “You don’t necessarily need any particular experience – we are looking for people passionate about New Zealand history and culture, gardening, our native biodiversity, or even those just keen on meeting new people.”

Training and support will be provided, and volunteers can expect a great team culture. If you think you might be interested, email

Pukeiti has one of the world’s biggest and most diverse collections of rhododendrons, set against a backdrop of lush native rainforest. Its new all-weather Rainforest Centre has a multi-media interpretation area, café, function space and access to covered walkways. Pukeiti also has extensive walking trails and family-friendly facilities. To learn more, go to link).

Along with Tūpare and Hollard Gardens, Pukeiti is owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council on behalf of the people of the region.