Eastwoodhill Arboretum, the National Arboretum of New Zealand, encompasses 135 hectares of exotic and native trees, shrubs and climber plantings.
Visitor services include walking trails for all levels of fitness, the nationally significant Homestead Garden, accommodation, tours for groups big and small, function venue and catering services.
Situated near Gisborne on the East Coast of the North Island, a picturesque 30 minute drive through vineyards and farmland takes you from the chardonnay capital of New Zealand to Eastwoodhill.
The vision of Eastwoodhill is "to foster understanding and appreciation of nature by education, research and enjoyment of our unique plant collection" which drives public participation and appreciation of the Arboretum.
The botanical collection planted by Douglas Cook is regarded as the largest and most comprehensive collection of Northern Hemisphere trees south of the equator, encompassing an area of 135 hectares.
This collection could never be imported today due to stringent bio-security restrictions, hence its great value to New Zealand and the wider world. This value has been recognised with the acknowledgement of Eastwoodhill as the ‘National Arboretum of New Zealand'.
Eastwoodhill has been highly rewarded for its collection. It was awarded the internationally recognised 'Arboretum Distinguished for Merit' in 1978 by The International Dendrology Society, the first such award by the IDS. Then in 2004, Eastwoodhill Arboretum was recognised as a ‘Garden of National Significance' by the NZ Gardens Trust.
A variety of walking tracks cover the whole arboretum, catering for all levels of fitness and mobility, and guided walking and four-wheel drive tours are offered as well as accommodation, team building and catering and conference facilities. Within the arboretum is the Homestead Garden, a formal garden cared for by a group of dedicated volunteers. The Arboretum is one of the top visitor destinations in Gisborne and attracts over 8,000 visitors annually.
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