Waipahihi Botanical Reserve

Waipahihi Botanical Reserve Sign At Entrance

The Waipahihi Botanical Reserve in Taupo is a massive garden containing plants, shrubs and trees which are particular to New Zealand and the Taupo Region. It covers around 35 hectares (86 acres) and is located at the top of Shepherds Road at the intersection of Shepherds Road and Hyde Avenue.

The Reserve has a 2 km winding rode that runs around it and there are quite a few opportunities to get some great views of Lake Taupo, the mountains and Taupo township.

View From The Reserve To Lake Taupo

There are particular areas of the Reserve dedicated to different flower groups such as Camellias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas. In each of these areas there are many of the flower variety and they look spectacular when in flower.

The is also an area dedicated to Kauri trees called The Kauri Grove near the end of the circular 2 km road that runs around the Reserve. That piece of the road was part of the Taupo-Napier Coach Road which ran, in the old days, from the Taupo Wharf to the previously named Terraces Hotel before it then continued on to Napier.

The Kauri Grove

Our photos were taken during the winter but we will be back in Spring and Summer to update them with photos of all the beautiful colours that will be there.

The Waipahihi Botanical Reserve is open every day but the gates close at 5pm.

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