World class centre for garden
Pukeiti’s new Rainforest Centre gives the world-class garden facilities to offer a world-class visitor experience, guests were told at the centre’s opening in September. “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, and to take in the stories of Pukeiti,” 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 Pukeiti’s famed waterwheel. Above: Left, The Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy, and right, Taranaki Regional Council Chairman, David MacLeod at the opening ceremony.