Taranaki Rhododendron and Garden Festival


Door to Door pickups, Transport, Accommodation, All entries and tours. Meals as listed (B breakfast, MT Morning tea, L lunch, D dinner)  ***Money for Morning Tea, Lunch - Day 2 & 3


DAY ONE                                                            L, D  

Departing at 8.30am we begin our journey by travelling to Pio Pio stopping en route for morning tea. Then on to Greenmount Llamas for lunch – a beautiful and modern country home where on fine days there are superb views across to the snowy mountain peaks of National Park. Our generous hosts - Bob and Sandy Dawson will be introducing us to their picturesque King Country farm. As they accompany us on the tour, we’ll hear how they have developed a remarkable business based around trekking with Llamas. These steadfast South American animals carry packs for trekkers exploring the hill country of the property. Early afternoon sees us continuing through to our accommodation at Devon Hotel in New Plymouth. We’ll check in, relax and later gather for Happy Hour and a buffet dinner.  

DAY TWO                                                            B, L, D  

After breakfast, we depart our Hotel and start enjoying this wonderful selection of gardens in full bloom, but first we Depart Hotel and head to our local bakery to buy some lunch for later in the day. Today we discover the following 6 gardens: **Various gardens still to be named**. We then return to the Devon Hotel for a social get together and buffet dinner.  

DAY THREE                                                               B, L, D 

Depart Hotel and head to the local bakery once again to buy some lunch for later in the day. We discover another 6 stunning gardens to explore today: **Various gardens still to be named**. We then return to the Devon Hotel for a social get together and buffet dinner  

DAY FOUR                                                          B 

A buffet breakfast on our last day and a chance to savour memories of the natural beauty we’ve enjoyed. Once we’ve checked out of the Devon Hotel, we will be squeezing in three more gardens before we turn for home. **Various gardens still to be named**. There is a quick photo opportunity on the Len Lye Bridge as a memento of our trip, before moving onto our lunch at Mokau. No prizes for guessing what’s on the menu at Whitebait Inn in Mokau as we head out of the region.  And onwards we go, back to Tauranga with a mid-afternoon comfort stop on the way home.  


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