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Pacific Coast Highway road trip: Gisborne to Napier

EastwoodHill Arboretum

As you leave Gisborne and drive through the Poverty Bay flats, past vineyards and orchards look for signage EastwoodHill Arboretum. As state highway 32 merges into the roundabout for state highway 2 take the turnover for Wharekopae Rd for an outstanding detour to one of New Zealand’s gardens of international significance, the EastwoodHill Arboretum.

Eastwoodhill Arboretum lake view

Perhaps you have visited the arboretum before yet every time the trees and extensive plantings will offer seasonal differences for visitors to experience and enjoy. The arboretum has one of the largest collections of native and exotic mature trees in the southern hemisphere.

Eastwood Arboretum has an excellent children’s playground, over 130 native and exotic trees for garden enthusiasts to linger among, trails, walking tracks from easy flat walks to a vigorous climb to Mount Arataitai for panoramic views of the Arboretum and beyond. There is an entry fee to the Arboretum as it is a charitable trust with no government funding.

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Golf cart tour is a great way to experience EastwoodHill. And the commentary is informative, for instance the sheep are the neighbours and primarily used to ‘mow’ grass.

EastwoodHill Arboretum deciduous trees in spring EastwoodHill Arboretum deciduous trees in spring
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