What we do
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'.