Welcome to the 2018 Taranaki Sustainable Backyards Trail!

The Trail involves individuals, families and community organisations generously opening their ‘backyards' to the public to inspire us with their creativity, innovation and dedication to living a more sustainable lifestyle:

  • Explore working productive gardens and eco-homes
  • Engage with hosts to find out about their goals, how they got to where they are, and what’s next in their sustainability journey
  • Gain tips and ideas to make sustainable changes in your own life.

Each backyard on the Trail showcases a range of green living practices, such as composting, using recycled materials creatively, organic gardening, chicken and beekeeping, riparian plantings, seed saving and renewable energy production - to name a few. All of the properties are different. Some are tidy and others are productive jungles with 'weeds' (often useful in regenerating soils!), long grass and untrimmed hedges. From rural ecotourism to lifestyle farming to intensive urban food forests - there's something for everyone.

Just remember to...

  • Carry coins for garden entry, as entry is by gold coin. There are also purchases of plants, seeds, food and other items available at some properties (see the property key below on how to identify these). Its cash sales only, no eftpos will be available 
  • Please check and respect the opening hours and set tour times on offer by each of our garden hosts. Each property is open on different days and these are generally private residences
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes before tour, talk and demonstration times
  • Wear appropriate footwear, especially around rural properties and on wet days. Gumboots or study boots are recommended.

Key to property pages

The following icons are found on property desciptions as a guide to facilities and services available at each property in the Trail.

Icons - all.jpg

Festival flyers

The Powerco Taranaki Garden Festival have generously featured 2018 Taranaki Sustainable Backyards Trail gardens in a special section of their 2018 program, as well as on their website and map.

Pick up a Powerco Taranaki Garden Festival programme in stores, libraries and information centres around the province and start planning your garden adventures!


Enjoy exploring the properties on offer!