Encounter the mystery as Pukeiti's rhododendrons and other exotics create an explosion of colour amidst lush native rainforest. Open 9am-5pm daily.

Founders Café

Now open!

Founders Cafe

  • Check out the new-look Founders Café!
  • Open 10am-4pm Weds-Sun & public holidays (except Christmas Day) until 31 March
  • Light meals, snacks, sweets and refreshments. Licensed.
New-look Founders Cafe.

The new-look Founders Café seats 60 inside and another 40 in an adjacent covered area.

Plant Hunter’s Station

Use our Plant Hunter’s Station to find out about the plants at Pukeiti.

Explore Pukeiti

Wonder at the beauty of one of the world's biggest and most diverse rhododendron collections, uniquely nestled in rainforest.

The making of Pukeiti

One man's dream has literally flowered at Pukeiti on the slopes of Mt Taranaki.

Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust

Members of the Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust Inc enjoy a number of benefits, advantages and privileges.

Pukeiti facilities

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Toilets available
  • Picnic area
  • No dogs, please
  • Pop-up cafe, Oct-Jan

The Rainforest School

The Rainforest School is a study unit developed by the Taranaki Regional Council outlining the activities available for teachers and classes visiting Pukeiti. The 15 activity options include walks, studies focusing on plants, birdlife and fish, a practical pot-a-plant session and a stream study.

Pukeiti Rainforest School (single document only)

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