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If you're looking for a tranquil picnic spot, or an opportunity to escape the bustle of city living, then Taitua Arboretum offers a relaxing retreat.
John and Bunny Mortimer started planting trees and shrubs in 1973 to provide shelter and shade for animals in the area. This continued their life-long passion for growing native and exotic trees and shrubs. By the time it was gifted to the people of Hamilton in 1997, it was recognised as an arboretum and is now open for all to enjoy.
The arboretum has a collection of mature trees covering 20 hectares of open pasture, lakes and woodland gardens which are linked by a network of meandering walking paths. With great views and wonderful bird life, the arboretum is ideal for a family outing or Sunday stroll.
Dogs are welcome at Taitua although they must be kept on a lead at all times. Unfortunately pushbikes are not permitted within the arboretum. Toilets are available beside the car park, along with drinking water.
Taitua Arboretum is open seven days from 8am to half an hour before dusk. Admission is free.
From Hamilton follow SH23 west (towards Raglan) and turn left into Howden Road, then left again into Taitua Road. Bus parking is available at the arboretum's entrance.
The Orbiter Bus also stops on Whatawhata Road (just before Melva Street) where you can walk from Tills Lookout at the end of Melva Street to Taitua Arboretum.
The arboretum also has a fluoride free tap available - this is currently turned off due to maintenance requirements.
For more information please email the Parks and Open Spaces Unit or call 07 838 6622.
Taitua Arboretum Development plan