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Eastwoodhill Arboretum

Eastwoodhill Arboretum is an arboreal ark, a safe haven for threatened and endangered trees. It's the life’s work of its creator, William Douglas Cook, who came to the Gisborne district in 1910 to take up 250 hectares of farm land from the Ngatapa subdivision. The Arboretum's mission is centred on conservation education and research and our 100-year Masterplan is designed to position it to provide a long-term haven for species protection, research and propagation for repatriation when required.

The Eastwoodhill Arboretum provides a range of services and activities. These include:
- a variety of walks through trees named after their predominant colours; Brown Walk, Green Walk, Purple Walk, Yellow Walk, Red Walk, and Blue Walk,
- guided tours of the Arboretum for visitors wishing to get the most out of their visit to the arboretum or for those short on time,
- accommodation for those wishing to Immerse themselves in the beauty of the forest,
- educational tours for students of the "natural world" who wish to learn more about the work of the Arboretum, its purpose and function, that would enable them to explore the various walking tracks that showcase the extensive tree collection and birdlife and even to organise their own fun activities.

Plenty of green spaces and grassy areas are available for games and activities and visitors are welcome to enjoy the playground and to visit the Discovery Centre. There is also an Education Co-ordinator at the Arboretum who can organise activities and guided walks suitable for all ages and abilities but visits and activities must be booked in advance. For those people looking for a venue which is unique, beautiful and flexible for their wedding day, the Eastwoodhill Arboretum is perfect to meet their needs yet still has the most stunning location. There are multiple locations to hold the ceremony and there are many options available to cater for the reception needs.

Activities on offer:

- Bush walks
- Educational tours
- Accomodation
- Wedding venue


2392 Wharekopae Road, Ngatapa, New Zealand

Phone: 06-863 9003

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