Tupare is a beautifully sculptured landscaped garden nestled on a hillside overlooking the Waiwhakaiho River on the outskirts of New Plymouth on Mangorei Road. The property features a Chapman Taylor designed homestead and a Gardeners Cottage.
Tupare was the home of Sir Russell and Lady Matthews. They brought the property in 1932 as a gorse and bracken covered hillside. You can learn about the Gardens history and the people involved from information in the Cottage and around the Garden.
At the Gatehouse there informative wayfinding information and visitor guides are available to assist you on your walk.
Tupare is now owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council.
Hours: Open daily from 9am to 8pm
Address: 487 Mangorei Road, New Plymouth
There are three marked trails which you can follow at Tupare:
The Boundary Trail
The Boundary Trail takes you around the perimeter of the property through huge Redwood Trees, down onto the River Flat, then up through the Bush Walk and then back through the garden. This is the most challenging walk.
The Garden Walk
The Garden Walk criss crosses through the main garden areas of Tupare, with some steeper gradients in places. There are a number of seats to rest on and take in the scenery.
The House Stoll
The House Stroll is the easiest walk of the three. Once you walk down the drive to the house area the routes here are all on the same level. You will experience some of the most popular areas of the Garden including the Elizabeth Garden (a popular garden for weddings), the Glasshouse area which encompasses some delightfully planted herbaceous borders, and of course the gardens around the house.
All of the paths on the Garden Walk and the House Stroll are asphalted.