The Taranaki Regional Council's three premier heritage properties, Tūpare, Pukeiti and Hollard Gardens, are open all day every day and entry is free. Pukeiti hosts one of the world’s biggest and most diverse collections of rhododendrons and other exotics, creating an explosion of colour among lush, native rainforest and mountain streams. Tūpare is a premier landscaped garden with a unique homestead, originally developed by Sir Russell Matthews and his family from 1932. Tūpare’s distinctive Chapman-Taylor designed house is a great example of the Arts & Crafts style of architecture. Hollard Gardens are informal and intimate, with a huge variety of native and exotic plants collected by Bernie Hollard, many are rare and endangered.