Eastwoodhill Arboretum

Eastwoodhill Arboretum (photo credit: Gisborne Camera Club)
Eastwoodhill Arboretum (photo credit: Gisborne Camera Club)

Guided by Chris Halliwell and Annette Johnston

Home to over 3500 different varieties of trees, spring is the perfect time to see the park bursting back to life after its winter hibernation.

Throughout the Arboretum magnificent Magnolias, Camellias and Rhododendrons take centre stage with their impressive blooms and array of colours. While the displays of yellow and white daffodils in the Daffodil Patch and Basin head are equally enchanting.

The Arboretum’s more natural woodland areas provide a contrasting, but no less impressive, sight during spring. Here the freshness of new foliage on the deciduous trees is as lush as a tropical jungle.

Late winter and springtime attract a vast array of birdlife into the arboretum. Native Tui and Kereru (Wood Pigeon) feast on the spring fruit and blossom, and call to each other audibly as you walk through the park. Cheeky Fantails will also follow you through the arboretum, feeding on the insects you disturb as you wander through the paths.

With spaces such as ‘The Homestead Garden’, The Fibonacci Spiral’ and ‘Millennial Wood’ there won’t be enough time to see and photograph all that there is to see!

For more information on the Eastwoodhill Arboretum, please visit their website: https://www.eastwoodhill.org.nz/

Note to participants: Please watch your footing especially when paths are wet. Obey signage rules and use maps provided. Sturdy footwear is recommended.

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