Eastwoodhill Arboretum

About Eastwoodhill

Eastwoodhill Arboretum, the National Arboretum of New Zealand, encompasses 135 hectares of exotic and native trees, shrubs and climber plantings.

Visitor services include walking trails for all levels of fitness, the nationally significant Homestead Garden, accommodation, tours for groups big and small, function venue and catering services.

Situated near Gisborne on the East Coast of the North Island, a picturesque 30 minute drive through vineyards and farmland takes you from the chardonnay capital of New Zealand to Eastwoodhill.

The vision of Eastwoodhill is “to foster understanding and appreciation of nature by education, research and enjoyment of our unique plant collection” which drives public participation and appreciation of the Arboretum.

The botanical collection planted by Douglas Cook is regarded as the largest and most comprehensive collection of Northern Hemisphere trees south of the equator, encompassing an area of 135 hectares.

This collection could never be imported today due to stringent bio-security restrictions, hence its great value to New Zealand and the wider world. This value has been recognised with the acknowledgement of Eastwoodhill as the ‘National Arboretum of New Zealand’.

Eastwoodhill has been highly rewarded for its collection. It was awarded the internationally recognised ‘Arboretum Distinguished for Merit’ in 1978 by The International Dendrology Society, the first such award by the IDS. Then in 2004, Eastwoodhill Arboretum was recognised as a ‘Garden of National Significance’ by the NZ Gardens Trust.

A variety of walking tracks cover the whole arboretum, catering for all levels of fitness and mobility, and guided walking and four-wheel drive tours are offered as well as accommodation, team building and catering and conference facilities. Within the arboretum is the Homestead Garden, a formal garden cared for by a group of dedicated volunteers. The Arboretum is one of the top visitor destinations in Gisborne and attracts over 8,000 visitors annually.

Eastwoodhill Arboretum
Open daily from 9am to 5pm.
Closed Christmas Day.

Please note that no dogs are allowed at Eastwoodhill.

Eastwoodhill Arboretum is a smoke free location.

Eastwoodhill Visitor Centre
The Visitor Centre is staffed on week days, with volunteers working in the centre on weekends. Seasonal variations apply in the Visitor Centre opening hours.

An honesty box system applies out of the following Visitor Centre opening hours:


Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday – 9.30am to 4.00pm


Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday – 9.30am to 4.00pm
Closed Christmas Day


Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 5.00pm
Saturday and Sunday – 9.00am to 4.30pm


Monday to Friday – 9.30am to 4.00pm

Entrance Fees

Standard Pricing

  • Adults $15
  • Senior Citizens (over 65) $12
  • Children under five no charge with paying adult
  • Children aged five – 16 $2 per child
  • Students with high school/tertiary I.D $12
  • Members (more info click hereFree

For those less mobile, or for visitors wishing to see more of the arboretum we have available a four wheel drive Jeep – seats a maximum of 17 people. (Charges apply – seeGuided Tours page.) Weather permitting.

The mobility scooter, kindly funded by the Esme and Tom Tombleson Trust, and a wheelchair are available from the Visitor Centre free of charge.

Educational Groups

Prior bookings preferred for all educational groups.


  • Preschool/Kindergartens/Playcentres $2 per pupil
  • Primary Schools $2 per pupil
  • Intermediate Schools $2 per pupil
  • High Schools $2 per pupil

Tertiary Education Groups

  • Polytechnics $10 per student (adult rates apply)
  • Universities $10 per student (adult rates apply)


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