Easter Island Botanic Garden
The new natural attraction of the island
The Tau Kiani Botanical Garden has become the new tourist attraction of Easter Island, thanks to the combination of the hand of man and the exuberant nature. Located a little away from the Hanga Roa center, occupies an area of five thousand square meters and houses inside more than 1200 varieties of plants from all over the world.
Its creator, Juan Carlos Poblete, began in 2009 the work of building the first private botanical garden on the island. His entrepreneurial spirit and good taste had already been demonstrated with the publication of the magazine O te Henua and other projects, but the task of building a garden of these characteristics was going to require a lot of effort, not a few difficulties and a lot of energy.
Several years later the result is in sight. Its objective is to try to reproduce and preserve the native flora of Polynesia, as well as many other tropical species that find in this privileged climate the possibility of developing at its maximum expression.
We must highlight the incredible work done by Juan Carlos Poblete, a man who without formal technical knowledge has created a surprising place. Many of those who visit the garden confess that they did not expect to find something so beautiful and so great. Only the dedication, care and affection that Juan Carlos puts daily in each of his plants, explain that he has managed to create this place.
Symbols, ponds and exotic flowers
The garden has a beautiful landscaped design made with woods and volcanic rocks characteristic of Easter Island. Among the plants, in strategic places, sometimes looking for surprise of the visitor, there are moai statues and sculptures in rock and wood that evoke the legends of the god Make Make or the Tangata Manu or birdman.
The route through the garden is easy and undulating, crossing suggestive bridges made with logs, small flights of stairs and paths with soft ups and downs leading to viewpoints and terraces that allow observing the landscape from different perspectives, enjoying it even more. It should be noted that the trails have ramps that facilitate the movement of people with mobility problems.
There are several small ponds with colorful fishes, which offer freshness and peace to the visitor. Every corner has been thought to the smallest detail, even in the bathrooms, where some huge stones shelter beautiful plants that give them a unique atmosphere.
During the tour of the botanical garden it is possible to know up to seven varieties of bananas, fifty of Hibiscus, different species of palms, avocado trees, guavas, and delight with the beautiful flowers called Tipanie, which are a one the most characteristic images of Easter Island.
How to get to Tau Kiani Botanic Garden
Although any taxi can take visitors for a reasonable price, due to its location a little away from the center of Hanga Roa, the Botanical Garden itself offers its visitors a transport service that picks them up from their accommodation.
Monday to Saturday: 09:00 am to 18:00 pm
General admission: $4000 (transfer included)
Address: Arapiki St. – Hanga Roa
Phone: +56322551655 | +56984781948
Note: Call in advance to arrange the transfer.
Come to visit our Tau Kiani store where you will find a wide variety of t-shirts, shirts, dresses, sarongs and fabrics with unique designs with Rapanui and Polynesian motifs.