Hollard Gardens


Hollard Gardens is the achievement of a lifetime’s work by Bernie and Rose Hollard.

Bernie came from a local dairy farming family and began the garden in 1927. An avid plant collector he had a reputation as one of New Zealand's foremost plantsmen.

The garden is a monument to his patience and horticultural skill, and offers intimate gardens, hidden paths, expansive lawns and swamp gardens.

Bernie’s Home Garden features vegetables, herbs, a food forest, chooks and a beehive, and is a venue for regular home gardening workshops.

The children’s playground area offers a free gas barbeque and gazebo, making this garden retreat the ideal spot for a family day out.

Whether you’re an expert gardener or just have a passing interest, the huge array of plants at Hollard Gardens will fascinate and absorb you. There are spectacular mountain views from a number of vantage points.

Hollard Gardens is owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council on behalf of the people of the region. It’s open all day, every day and entry is free.

Contact Details

Physical Address

1686 Upper Manaia Road, Kaponga



Disabled Access

Suitable wheelchair access