Experience Tūpare's beautifully restored garden and home. Sculpted from a hillside overlooking the Waiwhakaiho River, this is a premier landscaped garden.
Established on the outskirts of New Plymouth in 1932 by industrialist Sir Russell Matthews and his family, Tūpare is a magical Arts & Crafts-style garden and Chapman-Taylor designed house in the English style.
Owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council, Tūpare is a garden of National Significance. The plantings and landscapes at Tūpare remain true to its heritage. In the garden, reflecting Lady Matthew's legacy, are a herbery, domestic glasshouse and perennial cottage lawn borders.
Sir Russell carefully planted stately trees, including magnificent redwoods, which set the atmosphere and framework for the property. Deciduous maples, copper beeches and dawn redwoods stand out as the seasonal change. He also favoured rhododendrons, azaleas, and hydrangeas.
Leading all the way down to the Waiwhakaiho River, winding paths cut into the hill-side, take visitors to the intimate garden spaces and beautifully framed views.
The River Flat area retains an idyllic pastoral feeling with simple plantings of specimen trees, complemented by the movement of the wind and water. Here there are free gas barbecues, popular with summer visitors who also enjoy swimming in the river.
Wander through intimate garden rooms, past elegant borders and majestic trees, and discover surprising vistas of the house, cottage and Waiwhakaiho River valley.
Tūpare is open daily and entry is free. Free house tours, kindly hosted by the Friends of Tūpare, operate during the high season or are available by prior arrangement. There is a regular programme of public events including music, garden fairs and a popular series of horticultural workshops.
House & garden tours
A tour with a professional tour guide takes one hour and costs $200 including GST.
Weddings & private functions
Tūpare is an ideal venue for weddings and other private functions. Just bear in mind that no function can overlap with garden workshops and events. Additionally, the property is open to the public from 9am to 5pm daily and 9am to 8pm during daylight saving.
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