Eastwoodhill Arboretum is the National Arboretum of New Zealand and encompasses over 131 hectares planted in exotic and native trees, shrubs and climber plantings. The collection was planted by Douglas Cook and is regarded as the largest and most comprehensive collection of Northern Hemisphere trees south of the equator. “A Garden of Eden held altogether by the best of the world’s trees” Professor David J.Bellamy
Gone are the spring flowers and summer lushness, but winter at Eastwoodhill Arboretum will entice visitors outdoors in the cool crisp winter air to explore a breathtaking landscape filled with surprises and subtle gems.
Textures, patterns and forms so often overlooked come to the fore. Piles of leaves litter the ground, much to the amusement of children, and the fresh winter air is infused with the scent of several flowering plants.
Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox), Witch hazel (Hamamelis mollis), and Daphne (Daphne odora) captivate the senses as you walk past. Thanks to the Camellia, one of Douglas Cook's favourite trees, winter is never bleak. Camellia sasanqua and C. japonica flower in colours ranging from the purist white to the deepest purple.