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Eastwoodhill Arboretum

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The Courtyard Cafe is now closed. Hot beverages in the visitor centre a bring a picnic!

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Eastwoodhill Arboretum is the National Arboretum of New Zealand and encompasses over 131 hectares planted in exotic and native trees, shrubs and climber plantings. The collection was planted by Douglas Cook and is regarded as the largest and most comprehensive collection of Northern Hemisphere trees south of the equator. “A Garden of Eden held altogether by the best of the world’s trees” Professor David J.Bellamy

Gone are the spring flowers and summer lushness, but winter at Eastwoodhill Arboretum will entice visitors outdoors in the cool crisp winter air to explore a breathtaking landscape filled with surprises and subtle gems.

Textures, patterns and forms so often overlooked come to the fore. Piles of leaves litter the ground, much to the amusement of children, and the fresh winter air is infused with the scent of several flowering plants.

Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox), Witch hazel (Hamamelis mollis), and Daphne (Daphne odora) captivate the senses as you walk past. Thanks to the Camellia, one of Douglas Cook's favourite trees, winter is never bleak. Camellia sasanqua and C. japonica flower in colours ranging from the purist white to the deepest purple.


New Curator for Eastwoodhill

13 May 2019

Eastwoodhill is looking forward to the arrival of their new Curator Martin Weaver. After some months of searching for the right person, Martin happened to have already relocated to Gisborne and was in search of the perfect job for his extensive experience in trees and horticulture.

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Thomas Woltz on NZ's National Arboretum - Eastwoodhill

21 January 2018

Thomas Woltz, from Nelson Byrd Woltz, talks about the role the National Arboretum, Eastwoodhill,  is playing in preserving Northern Hemisphere tree species.

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