TARANAKI: STRATFORD

02-Dec-14

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Hollard Gardens

star rating of 5

by Chris Gaelic

1686 Upper Manaia Rd, Kaponga, Taranaki

www.trc.govt.nz/hollard-home

Phone: 0800 736 222

rvexplorer id: 18942

Sculpture at the entrance to the gardens

Sculpture at the entrance to the gardens

 

Rhododendrons in full bloom

Rhododendrons in full bloom

 

Vegetable gardening techniques

Vegetable gardening techniques

 

Parking area

Parking area

 

 

The Hollard Gardens is a large reserve that was created by Bernie and Rose Hollard and is now owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council.

 

Stunningly beautiful - a place to get lost in. 

 

This was an unexpected discovery for us as we just noticed the sign and decided to stop and have a quick look around, and spent the next three hours exploring the gardens.

 

Beautifully landscaped. with paths connectng many different garden areas, it's possible to get completely lost while walking around. We thoroughlly enjoyed it.

 

For the vege garden enthusiasts, there is a special section devoted to novel ways to grow vegetables - including a demonstration of growing greens in a straw bale.

 

There a really nice toilets scattered around the gardens, including in the functions centre.

 

Overnight parking in self-contained vans is allowed in the carpark area. Staying overnight and getting up for an early morning walk would be an excellent way to start the day.

 

If you enjoy gardens, this is a 'must visit' location!

 

Entrance to the gardens

 

The entrance to the Hollard Centre

 

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