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Ngutukākā Festival
18-21 September 2024

A festival to connect, engage visitors and local communities to restore and protect ngutukākā on the East Coast of Te Ika-a-Maui.

What's On!?

Join us to celebrate the Tairawhiti Ngutukākā when it is in bloom.
This taonga flower used to make the whole East Cape turn red and when you join us in September you will witness the beauty and potential to revive this plant to its former glory.


This festival aims to rekindle our love for a species that is now one of the most endangered plants in the wild, help restore ngutukākā and share our history and vision with our manuhiri (visitors) and locals.


There are lots of free events as well as ticket sales for an endangered species garden tour, local kai (food), talks and accommodation at Tikapa Marae where you will see the first sunset.


Nau mai, haere mai. All welcome!

What's Happening?

Buy Tickets and Join Us for an Unforgettable Experience

Tickets include:

  • An endangered species garden tour at Tikapa Marae, led by expert Graeme Atkins 

  • A visit to the world's best Ngutukākā Garden

  • Bubbly and local coastal cuisine

  • An evening talk at the marae

  • Staying at Tikapa Campground for a chance to witness the breathtaking first sunrise.

  • Meeting tamariki the next day at Kura Mangatuna, who will share propagation techniques

  • Talk at Anaura Marae to find out more about Cook's landing and Kew Gardens where the Ngutukākā seeds were stored for decades before being returned to the coast. 

Early Bird Tickets

Tickets to this first, once in a lifetime festival are limited and will sell out fast. 
Early Bird Tickets are on sale now!

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