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Waipahihi Botanical Gardens

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Address: Shepherd Road, Taupo, New Zealand
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+64 7-378 2937

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Beautiful Oasis

The Botanical Garden were bursting with flowers and the smell was amazing. Beautiful grounds with some good views of Taupo. A nice place to get lost for an afternoon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Catey B
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34 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Botanical Garden were bursting with flowers and the smell was amazing. Beautiful grounds with some good views of Taupo. A nice place to get lost for an afternoon.

Thank Catey B
Taupo, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Well set out gardens, good walking tracks that would take a push chair or wheel chair. An oasis not far from the city.

Thank nottinghill11
Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Listed as a Reserve rather than a Garden....best seen in the spring (October or so) when the Azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias are in bloom and this should be in their literature. Otherwise, a great place to walk, the various plants are marked and there are lots of benches to sit on.

Thank DJS1950
Perth, Australia
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63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Wonderful garden - if you are short on time, just drive thru. Or, stop off at the various signposted walks, and/or take a picnic and enjoy your meal in a grassy spot with lake views. Loved the lake views, bird life, and variety of plants. Had a wonderful close up encounter with a fantail, and saw 4 Tuis.

Thank Zeddy-boo
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388 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

We love visiting gardens when on holiday as we are members of the Royal Horticulture Gardens in England. These garden are obviously on a much smaller scale, but very interesting nevertheless. It is divided into specialised areas and of course many of the lovely plants we saw wouldn't survive in U.K. except in a greenhouse. It was lovely to see... More 

Thank Milliemax64
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23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Set in the outskirts of Taupo this is a gem well worth a visit by anyone interested in gardens, flowers and plants. Divided into specialised areas reached by car to walk round. Run by talented volunteers free but donations welcomed. Great views of the lake.

Thank John S
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviewed 21 December 2016

Our group filled in some time here and parked overlooking the lake and distant mountains. We missed the flowering season of the rhodoendrums.

Thank simpo1590
Taupo, New Zealand
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016

A beautiful easy walk with so much beauty all around. We are so lucky to have this park in Taupo. Well worth a visit any time, but Spring and Autumn must be the best times.

Thank 194745
new zealand
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32 reviews
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Reviewed 9 December 2016

I took a friend for a drive through the reserve and she thoroughly enjoyed it. My father was a volunteer here for many years, and it was interesting to revisit after several years, unfortunately the rhododendrons and azaleas had finished flowering, you can only imagine the magnificence when in bloom. Several lovely lake views on the drive around.

Thank fredann1
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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77 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Located slightly out of town, these gardens are incredible. While we were there it was Azalea and Rhododendron season, and the colour was gorgeous! Each garden is labeled and separate. Finally, there is a lovely overview of Lake Taupo at the top of the hill. A hidden jewel in Taupo.

Thank jdarcyAuckland

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