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Tupare

487 Mangorei Road, New Plymouth 4312, New Zealand
+64 800 736 222
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Charming property - another New Plymouth gem

We very much enjoyed wandering around the gardens, with steep rustic tracks leading down to the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
RandC4861
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Auckland, New Zealand
Worth a stop

Kudos to the Taranaki Regional Council for maintaining this beautiful park consisting of a 1930s... read more

Reviewed March 7, 2018
usnzj
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Rochester, New York
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Experience the beautifully restored garden and Chapman-Taylor home. Sculpted from a hillside overlooking the Waiwhakaiho River, this is a premier landscaped garden. Sense the prestige, lifestyle and stories of the property's original developer, the prominent businessman Sir Russell Matthews, and his family. Enjoy a game of tennis, make use of the free barbeque on the River Flat, find a quite spot to read a book or just appreciate the beauty of Tupare. Owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council on behalf of the people of the region. Enjoy it - it's yours.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good22%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“house tour” (4 reviews)
“arts crafts” (3 reviews)
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Hours Today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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487 Mangorei Road, New Plymouth 4312, New Zealand
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+64 800 736 222
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"gardener's cottage"
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"house tour"
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"arts crafts"
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"historical house"
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"beautiful garden"
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"the river's edge"
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"swimming hole"
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"different routes"
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"established gardens"
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"garden walk"
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"an absolute gem"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We very much enjoyed wandering around the gardens, with steep rustic tracks leading down to the river flats and paved footpaths winding through the "rooms" of the property. If you have the chance to tour the house itself, take it! It is only open on...More

Thank RandC4861
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Reviewed March 7, 2018

Kudos to the Taranaki Regional Council for maintaining this beautiful park consisting of a 1930s Craftsman-style home and gardens, and having it open free to the public. Despite the fact that we saw it in March (autumn) it was still a lovely place in which...More

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VisitorServices3, Visitor Services at Tupare, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2018

Thanks very much for your review and positive comments. Glad to hear you enjoyed Tupare.

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Reviewed March 4, 2018

Amazing gardens only a short car ride from central New Plymouth. Entry is free. Amazing gardens originally founded in 1932. Very well done with areas showcasing the history of the buildings and the garden house. Lovely colour coded walks through the garden, which can suit...More

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VisitorServices3, Visitor Services at Tupare, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review. Happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Tupare.

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Reviewed March 4, 2018

A nice park both in the summer and winter. There is both the flower part, but the thing I like about this garden is that it has a nice river and bush walk.

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Reviewed February 24, 2018 via mobile

A great place to visit on the outskirts of New Plymouth, heading towards Stratford, lovely gardens, tended by volunteers surround this "arts & crafts" style riverside home. A series of walks are available to take in the surroundings and views, some may be challenging for...More

Thank Chris-Brigg
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VisitorServices3, Visitor Services at Tupare, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks very much for your review.

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Reviewed February 12, 2018

Such a lovely surprise to happen upon this garden. Such a beautiful spot by the river with a wonderful space for picnics and spending time with family and friends. Meander through the various pathways taking in the variety of plants and trees. Very well established...More

Thank SuzanneCarter
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VisitorServices3, Visitor Services at Tupare, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks very much for your review.

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Reviewed February 6, 2018 via mobile

We loved our visit to this beautiful old house and carefully planned gardens. Extremely well maintained. Wish we could have seen inside the house - next time maybe! House tours are only once a day at 11am Fri-Mon.

Thank barbtimjones
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VisitorServices3, Visitor Services at Tupare, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review. Yes, unfortunately we do have to limit the times that the house tours are available. You have the times correct but also they are only from the start of October until the end of March.

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Reviewed January 29, 2018

My husband and I along with our six year old son spent a good two hours here. We were expecting a nice walk through pretty gardens and had planned for perhaps half an hour. Whilst the walks were supposed to be anywhere between 30 -...More

Thank DebsH200
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VisitorServices3, Visitor Services at Tupare, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your great review. It's nice to hear you appreciated all the work that goes into looking after Tupare.

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Reviewed January 22, 2018

What is probably one of New Zealand's best privately-established gardens, it has now been passed on to the district council for preservation. The council continue to do an awesome job, replacing trees and plants as necessary to maintain its splendour. Based on the steep, north-facing...More

Thank KeithFromNZ
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VisitorServices3, other at Tupare, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2018

Hi, Thanks for your feedback. It's great to hear you enjoyed Tupare and you obviously made the most of all the information provided. I hope you don't mind one small correction - Tupare is owned and managed by The Taranaki Regional Council along with Pukeiti...More

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Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile

Amazing terraced gardens with paths to explore. Some bit steep so need mobility to access some if these. Sitting down by the river listening to it and the birds was music to the soul. Amazing Rhododendron flowers and ponds everywhere. Nissed the cottage tour so...More

Thank Matzakiwi
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VisitorServices3, other at Tupare, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2018

Hi, thanks very much for your review. Glad to hear you enjoyed the garden. The house tours are at 11am on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from the start of October until the end of March. The gardeners' cottage is open every day that staff...More

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