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Eastwoodhill Arboretum

2392 Wharekopae Rd, Gisborne 4072, New Zealand
| +64 6-863 9003
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Eastwoodhill Arboretum Gisborne  New Zealand

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Sun - Sat 9am - 4pm

Eastwoodhill Arboretum

New England may be better known than New Zealand for its fall foliage, but on some 135 hectares (333 acres) above Gisborne, you'll find a colorful display. The National Arboretum of New Zealand contains the largest collection of Northern Hemisphere trees below the equator. Eastwoodhill was established in 1910 by William Douglas Cook, an eccentric and passionate plantsman and farmer who was inspired by the European parks and gardens he saw while recovering from an injury in World War I. Over his 55-year tenure at the arboretum, he planted—in the nude but for boots and a sun hat, according to lore—thousands of tree species and floral specimens. He also developed the rhododendron garden Pukeiti in Taranaki, on the western shore of the North Island, after the flowers failed to flourish at Eastwoodhill. The lush forest, elegant gardens and abundant birdlife are enjoyable at any time of year but are especially popular in autumn for the fall foliage and in summer when the colorful Homestead Garden is in bloom.