Hopkirk Garden

garden2This garden displays numerous large trees and a good selection of hardy shrubs. 700 Rhododendrons, including a selection of natives and tree ferns. Herbacious plants early use of Hosters edging, treasures in rock gardens etc. Old home site including lawn and tennis courts surrounded by native trees, woodland appearance and dills with premulas and other woodland plants. Rock gardens, Rose gardens and vegetable gardens all included. This garden overlooks the Mangaehu river while a natural waterfall add to the diversity and charm.

Ostler’s Garden
190 Warwick Road, East Stratford. Maureen Ostler.
4 acres of mature informal garden with ducks,swans, waterlillies, rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, wisterias, hostas and many native trees. Shadehouse with begonias and fuchsias. 5 minutes from SH3.

Woodlea
586 Beaconsfield Rd, RD24 Stratford. Joan and Brian Wellington.
A large flowing country garden planned around a waterway. the lake historically supplied water fro the local dairy factory. Mature oak, plane, cedar, totara and rimu shelter the garden. There are woodlands; native areas, semi formal borders and lawns designed to appreciate the wider landscape.

Historic Buildings of Stratford

villagePioneer Village -Stratford
Taranaki Pioneer Village is an outdoor museum spread over 10 acres of parkland and featuring 50 historic buildings in a display of local and provincial heritage. Nostalgic memories are created for the older generation and first-hand education for younger members of the family and school groups.

Located on the main highway just south of Stratford, Taranaki Pioneer Village is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Some of the buildings have been relocated to the Village from their original sites and date back to the first settlers in the province. Examples are the Mangatoki Church, the Tariki Railway Station, the Pembroke School and the Colonial Cottage.

Many of the others are recreations of early pioneering buildings and they house an amazing collection of memorabilia. If you have wondered what it would be like to live in a tin shed or a two-roomed cottage you’ll see life in the early days reflected at the Village.