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Te Kainga Marire

Te Kainga Marire is an inner city native garden. Te Kainga Marire is Maori for the peaceful encampment. The garden was awarded the rating of New Zealand Gardens Trust Garden of National Significance in 2005. 1972 - acre clay wasteland purchased in Te Henui Valley.

Head Gardener's Comment

A Garden of International Significance. NZGT 2008. Garden featured in the BBC Documentary Around the World in 80 Gardens with Monty Don - which screened on BBC Two in 2008.


1972 - acre clay wasteland purchased in Te Henui Valley<br/>1973 - 74 Perimeter planting, including orchard<br/>1976 House building commences<br/>1977 House completed and landscaping commences<br/>1990 Garden first opens to the public

Plants of note

A collection of NZ Native plants including Alpines and ferns.

15 Spencer Place, New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand

Open September to April 9am - 5.30pm daily. Other times by appointment.

Adult $10

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  • over 6 years by fetu 4 / 5

    An inspiring garden using natives. Loved the use of recycled timber in hard scape. Lots of bird life. A good vege garden area too.

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Te Kainga Marire Photograph © Te Kainga Marire
Te Kainga Marire, New Zealand Photograph © Te Kainga Marire
Tui, Te Kainga Marire Photograph © Te Kainga Marire