Eastwoodhill Arboretum, Ngatapa

#3 of 9 in Parks in Gisborne Region
Eastwoodhill is the national arboretum of New Zealand. It covers 131 hectares (1.31 km2) and is located 35 km northwest of Gisborne, in the hill country of Ngatapa. It was founded in 1910 by William Douglas Cook. Cook's life work would become the creation of a giant collection of Northern Hemisphere temperate climate zone trees in New Zealand – a dream that would eventually cost him all his money – buying and importing thousands of trees from New Zealand and British nurseries.

When his health deteriorated in the 1960s, he sold his property to H. B. (Bill) Williams, who established the Eastwoodhill Trust Board in 1975 as a charitable trust, donating the arboretum to the trust to safeguard it for future generations.

Of all the arboreta of the Southern Hemisphere, Eastwoodhill Arboretum is said to have the largest collection of trees of the temperate climate zone of the Northern Hemisphere. It includes some 4,000 different trees, shrubs and climbers, including 170 species currently on the IUCN world endangered species list.
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  • This place deserves more visitors and is really worth the drive from Gisborne. It was our second visit and this time we had the guided tour which was a bargain. We found out plenty about the...  more »
  • We were probably a couple of weeks too late for Autumn colors. That did not spoil a very relaxing stroll. Plenty of different tree specimens. An informative map issued on arrival, we then just...  more »
  • A wonderful place to visit if you're in the area. Although the temperature was touching 30 degrees, there was plenty of shady tracks to enjoy out of the direct sun. The smells of the different species, especially the redwoods, brings back memories of California. Do remember to take food and drink, as the Tea House is not open every day. Simply amazing to think that once were paddocks are now a special haven of trees from around the world.
  • Perfect place if you've got a couple of hours to kill. The times are generous and the steep parts are do-able by all fitness levels. Amazingly helpful staff. Only thing- I wouldn't recommend if you've got somewhere to be. It's so easy to keep wandering through the beautiful trees.
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