Explore Hollards

Hidden paths, old gardens, expansive open lawns, new plantings ... Hollard Gardens has it all.

Hollard Gardens was established in 1927 by Bernie and Rose Hollard.

Now owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council, it is a Garden of National Significance.

The gardens are informal and intimate, with a huge variety of native and exotic plants including many that are rare and endangered.

'The Swamp' in springtime.

'The Swamp' in springtime.

Rhododendrons and camellias were among Bernie's favourite plants and there is a strong representation of both throughout Hollard Gardens. The vibrant colour of The Swamp in spring is a must-see.

Later in the year, deciduous trees prvoide a bright display of changing colours. Year round, the garden buzzes with the sound of insects and birds feeding on the diversity of seasonal flowers, fruit and seeds.

Chooks in Bernie's Home Garden.

Chooks in Bernie's Home Garden.

A recent development is Bernie's Home Garden, where different food-growing methods are trialled.

A popular venue for public workshops, it also has chickens, beehives, compost and worm farms, and an establishing food forest.

Stroll hidden paths through the mature and intimate Old Garden, and then by contrast, enjoy the expansive lawns and buzzing diversity of the New Gardens.

Children's playground at the Family Corner.

Children's playground at the Family Corner.

Hollard Gardens has a popular programme of events throughout the year, including garden fairs, music and horticultural workshops.

The Family Corner features a children's playground, free barbecue and kitchenette.

The Hollard Centre contains a gardening library, hosts seasonal exhibtions and displays, and is available for private events. See the venue hire section of this website.

Hollard Gardens map

Hollard Gardens map - click for big version. [JPG, 243 KB]

Click on map for big version.

Garden tours

A garden tour with a professional tour guide takes one hour and costs $200 including GST.

Book a tour(external link)

Weddings & private events

Hollard Gardens is an ideal venue for weddings and other private functions. The garden contains mature trees, established manicured garden beds and expansive lawns. It features a children’s play area with free barbeques and picnic tables.

Please note that Hollard Gardens is not available when a public event is scheduled, and always remains open to the public, even during private events.

Click on the links to see details of venues at Hollard Gardens.

Hollard Centre

Hollards main lawn

Main lawn pavilion