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We absolutely love gardens and accommodation. We consider a natural paradise. But don’t take our word for it. See what our guests have to say about their Te PoPo experience …

Celebrating Our Dedication

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We’re honoured to be presented with a 2018 Guest Review Award from Booking.com. This award is in recognition of our hard work day after day, guest after guest. It shows how much our guests appreciate our service and their stay. We are proud to receive an average of a 9.1/10 rating for out reviews over the last 12 months. Thank you to all our Booking.com guests for their great reviews and amazing feedback.

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What was meat to be a short stop overnight turned out to be an unforgettable experience. As soon as we entered the garden we knew it would be different, and it definitely has !!!!! The very warm welcome, delicious breakfast, incredibly stylish rooms surrounded be the most beautiful garden made our stay perfect, unique and memorable. Amanda and Les : you not only gave us a room for one night, you shared your life and dreams with us! Thank you so much for everything ! Hopefully we will be able to return at one stage. Take care and all the best.

Margit & Markus - Austria

We booked to stay for 5 days

but enjoyed it so much we decided to stay for an extra 2 days, making a week of beautiful surroundings and excellent host in Amanda and Les. Great base for seeing all the sights of Taranaki and peaceful interludes at Te Popo. Thank you Both

Marilyn & Michael Wall - Glouchester, England

We cannot speak highly enough

of this beautiful location and accommodation. The place and tranquility abound. We hope to return one day to spend time with Les and Amanda. Thank you Te Popo.

Rob and Jenifer Jacobs - Australia

I really enjoyed my stay in the Elephants room

and the hospitality was also amazing. I will remember the beautiful gardens and the sound of the birds, at dawn the Chorus of song that you have made through maintaining the Gardens. God bless you both.

Erin - Pukekohe

You are the best of hosts

Thank you Amanda and Les for letting us share your paradise. You are the best of hosts and we couldn’t have enjoyed our time here more.

Chris and April Tarlington - Wiltshire England

Thanks a lot for everything!

We felt very welcome and at home instantly. All of the best for your

Muller Family - Germany

We spend a very good time here

Amanda and Les are so nice and present for all we could need. The park is amazing. Our children enjoyed also this place. Thank you for everything and especially your kindness, it is so hopeful to meet people like you. Have a good luck.

Laure et Loic Pagnin - France Montauban

Thank you, Amanda and Les

For a very enjoyable stay. You have been great hosts. The gardens were a lovely surprise, sure to see you again in the near future.

Mick and Anne - Wellington

If heaven is like this, I gladly am willing to go now.

What a wonderful place! Amanda and Les you are wonderful hosts and your cooking is amazing Amanda! May you go from strength to strength. We will surely come again. God Bless!!!

Pieter en Alette Uys - North Shore

A fantastic quiet retreat

Excellent food. Friendly hosts, great location for peace and quiet walks in the beautiful gardens or a great disturbance free space for writing. Best food ever!!!!!!!

Terence and Fiona Shaw - Paremoremo Auckland

A wonderful get-away

An amazing garden to enjoy. Thank you, Amanda and Les for your hospitality. This is definitely one of our favourite spots for a short holiday. Best wishes for you both

Andrew and Sue - New Plymouth

Great hosts!

Lovely quiet setting. Grounds are beautiful. Amanda and Les looked after us and are really working hard to get the ground and gardens in shape. Love the African Animals

Janet and Bruce McComb - Cambridge

New owners are doing a wonderful job!

Te Popo was my base camp for my first visit to NZ. Couldn't have asked for better. Close enough to New Plymouth for shopping. New owners, Les and Amanda Heynies' enthusiasm for life is contagious. And Amanda's cooking is to die for. Loved the African-themed renovated rooms, specifically the Tree Tops Honeymoon suite. Really appreciated the new natural wood decks and hand railings that Les built on the more advanced walking trails. This is a place of rest - for the bird watcher, the gardener, the artist looking for inspiration or just the tired soul.

- Cape Town. South Africa

This is what Paradise must have looked like!

This is what Paradise must have looked like! Loved the view from the Tree Tops; the suspension bridge and sitting with my feet in the stream. The perfect place to find inspiration and to rejuvenate the soul. Thank you Amanda for the incredible food.I will be back!

- Alta Pretorius. South Africa

Idyllic Setting

The perfect get away retreat. Idyllic setting surrounded by beautiful gardens, peace, quiet, tranquil walks, no phones ringing, no noisy neighbours, great for peace and quiet, and long lazy walks. The hosts are welcoming and friendly, the food and atmosphere wonderful, highly recommended. Thank you Amanda for the incredible food.I will be back!

Fiona S -

We really enjoyed a wonderful stay

We really enjoyed a wonderful stay. Conversations was lovely, food gorgeous and gardens exquisite. Loved our room. Thank you so much for all the effort; for making it all so pleasant and beautiful!

Tanya and Paul Horsford - Auckland

A place to come to find peace and harmony

Thank you so much! Will remember my stay here always – was the best! The amazing gardens – a place to come to find peace and harmony and think about life for a while. We hope to come back again one day

Hilary Thacker and Rick Rosso -

A fantastic quiet retreat

A fantastic quiet retreat. Excellent food, friendly hosts, great location for peace and quiet walks in the beautiful gardens. A disturbace free space for writing. Best food ever!!!

Terence and Fiona Shaw - Auckland

Peaceful atmosphere, birdsong and the attention given to every detail

We have so enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere, birdsong and the attention given to every detail – wonderful hospitality! Thank you.

Natan, Maria and children - Wanganui

Wonderful weekend at Te Popo Gardens

I just spent a wonderful weekend at Te Popo Gardens, surrounded by countryside, close to beaches and Mt. Taranaki. Hospitality was friendly and welcoming, beautiful meals, pleasant and well presented rooms. Awaking to tranquil setting, birds singing, beautiful walks around gardens, surrounded by streams, lovely trees and flowers. Had an excellent time during my stay at Te Popo, not to mention a farm visit at Te Kupe Station, hosted by Murray Jackson. Would be amazing to return to Te Popo Gardens and visit in spring or summer when gardens are in full bloom,will be breath taking I am sure !!!

Stowers Lorraine -

Absolute high light of my trip

Staying at Te Popo Gardens was the absolute high light of my trip! The hospitality was heart-warming and the incredibly beautiful gardens a real piece of Paradise Lost. Loved the "part of the family" feeling. My only problem - that I couldn't stay longer. Big shout-out to the Heynies!!

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