North Taranaki Midweek - - MEANWHILE, OUTSIDE AUCKLAND -

Pukeiti’s Rain­for­est Cen­tre gives the world-class gar­den fa­cil­i­ties to of­fer a world-class vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence, guests were told at the cen­tre’s open­ing on Satur­day. ‘‘We’ve cre­ated op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to visit re­gard­less of the weather and time of year, and ex­pe­ri­ence the won­der­ful gar­dens out of the rain and under a roof,’’ says the Taranaki

Re­gional Coun­cil chair­man, David MacLeod. The Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral, Dame Patsy Reddy, for­mally opened the Rain­for­est Cen­tre, which fea­tures a multi-me­dia in­ter­pre­ta­tion ar­eas and new func­tion space and direct ac­cess to cov­ered ar­eas hous­ing the largest public dis­play of vireya rhodo­den­drons in the world. It also of­fers panoramic views of the rain­for­est gar­den and coast, and easy ac­cess to a tree-top look­out over the wa­ter­wheel.

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