MoaTours Kiwi Guide Andre with Taranaki Rhododendrons in flower

Taranaki Rhododendron Gardens - Kiwi Guide Stories

Join MoaTours Kiwi Guide Andre on his journey through the springtime gardens of Taranaki. Read his travel diary and see his favourite pictures from last season's trips.

Kia Ora, my name is Andre Booth, also known as Andre the Guide! I am a veteran Kiwi Guide with MoaTours and this is my take on the Taranaki Rhododendron Gardens tour, one of my favourite trips to lead. 

When I left school, I spent three years studying botany and plant ecology, and have since gone on to work in several different roles in the outdoors. So, I was excited when MoaTours asked me to lead this trip as I know “Rhodos” are such a show stopper when in full bloom! 

The Taranaki Rhododendron Gardens tour is perfectly timed to visit a generous sampling of hand-picked private gardens and established plantings that feature stunning rhododendron collections. 

We visit the week before the Taranaki Rhododendron Festival, which is the perfect time to take advantage of all the preparations to make these sites look their best.  

Also to our advantage, is getting to enjoy all the best features of the garden without the crowds of the Festival.  

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