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Eastwoodhill Arboretum, Gisborne Overview

Situated in New Zealand, Eastwoodhill Arboretum was founded by Douglas Cook in the year 1910. The mission of the Eastwoodhill Arboretum is to develop and exhibit diverse plant species that would contribute to global ecology and preservation. It aims to preserve the endangered species of trees and carry out research to educate people about the same. This Arboretum also organises activities like the Daffodil Day, Gibbs Farm Sculpture Tour, Botanical Gardens Day, Teddy Bear’s Picnic and the Trail Run Series to attract visitors. The massive arboretum supports 131 hectares of exotic and indigenous trees, shrubs and climbers. To name a few, trees like Scarlet Oak, Coastal Redwood, Serbian Spruce and Orange Bark Myrtle are found here. Eastwoodhill Arboretum is also home to Piwakawaka, Tui, Kotare, Ruru, Koekoea and many other birds that thrive in harmony here. Walking down the tracks here is a visual treat as you witness trees of different origins, sizes and amazing colours.

The massive arboretum supports 131 hectares of exotic and indigenous trees, shrubs and climbers. To name a few, trees like Scarlet Oak, Coastal Redwood, Serbian Spruce and Orange Bark Myrtle are found here. Eastwoodhill Arboretum is also home to Piwakawaka, Tui, Kotare, Ruru, Koekoea and many other birds that thrive in harmony here. Walking down the tracks here is a visual treat as you witness trees of different origins, sizes and amazing colours.

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Things to Do

  • Eastwoodhill Arboretum is open for school group tours (prebooking is a must). These tours are guided by experts and are customised as per the educational requirements. Students can also visit the library, herbarium and use microscopes in case they wish to study something in depth. Jeeps can also be hired if time is a constraint.
  • The educational activities include imparting knowledge, art and craft and seed planting too (Costs apply. Prior arrangements to be made).
  • Apart from the flourishing foliage, the arboretum has great birdlife too (both native and exotic). Listen to the happy chirping of the Australian Magpie, Blackbird, Black Shag, Great Cormorant, Shelducks, Peacocks, Turkey and many more.
  • The Discovery Centre at the Arboretum shows the history and evolution of the Eastwoodhill Arboretum and acknowledges the ones who made it what it is today.
  • The seasonal exhibitions (with subject themes) are a must visit. The entry fee for these exhibitions is free.
  • The Eastwoodhill Arboretum can be hired for weddings and corporate events too.
  • Eastwoodhill Arboretum is spellbinding in all seasons but Autumn season is the best in the month of April. However, the summer season is great if you want to see more greenery and enjoy picnics.
  • The Homestead Garden and the Tree Cathedral are a must visit for the scenic beauty they behold.
  • From the walks, you can choose from the blue walk, brown walk, purple walk, yellow walk, red walk and green walk. These walks take you through different areas of the park showcasing different trees and terrains.
  • Amongst various spaces in the park, visit the Fibonacci Spiral, Millennial Wood, Three Kings, Springfield, Mexican Way, Canaan, Glen Douglas, Douglas Park, The Pinetum, Orchard Hill, The circus, Native Reserve, Cabin Park, Pear Park and Corner Park.

Tickets and Prices

Preschool/kindergartens/play centres - NZD 2 per pupil                                             
Primary schools - NZD 2 per pupil
Intermediate schools - NZD 2 per pupil
High schools - NZD 2 per pupil
Supervising adults/teachers - NZD 2 each

Best Time to Visit

April marks the mid-autumn season in New Zealand. It is at this time that the arboretum is at its best. During April, this botanical garden is imbued with splendid colours that scream autumn. One can also find Northern Hemisphere trees here in this season.

How To Reach Eastwoodhill Arboretum

The best way to reach the Eastwoodhill Arboretum is by car. It is a thirty-minute drive from Gisborne.

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