Airport approach to be enhanced

An artist's impression of what Miller Rd on the approach to Dunedin International Airport would look like in several years. Image supplied.
An artist's impression of what Miller Rd on the approach to Dunedin International Airport would look like in several years. Image supplied.
The approach to Dunedin International Airport is about to become prettier, with new landscaping on Miller Rd.

The Rhododendrons for Dunedin Trust, in conjunction with the Dunedin International Airport and New Zealand Transport Agency, is to expand the planting already seen on Airport Rd.

Planting is expected to begin in May/June, the best time of year for planting rhododendrons.

Rhododendron trust trustee Warwick Grimmer said the project was the latest of many the trust had undertaken around Dunedin since it was established in 2000.

In 14 years the trust had raised funds to plant 16,000 rhododendrons in the city, making Dunedin a rightful contender for rhododendron capital of New Zealand, Mr Grimmer said.

Rhododendrons had been planted both in the city and in outlying areas such as Mosgiel, Port Chalmers, Roseneath, Sawyers Bay, Waitati and Waikouaiti.

Recently, many had been planted alongside the new work on the Caversham bypass.

Mick Field, a former Dunedin City Council parks and reserves manager, designed plantings for the trust, which was assisted by the Dunedin City Council's Taskforce Green team with the planting and ongoing maintenance of beds, Mr Grimmer said.

Mr Grimmer is one of three trustees with Sir Eion Edgar and Lyn Howe.

Airport planting

Nice to see that the airport road is going to have rhododendrons planted.  If I remember correctly, the original beautification was supervised by Mr Stewart Preston and I was told that he deliberately chose every species and variety of tree and had some of the best examples of some species in the Southern Hemisphere.  I may be misinformed but if this is correct, best it is maintained and enhanced, not depreciated.   There are many beautiful native species but they do not all give such colourful display.  The airport is the first glimpse of Dunedin for many people so here's to an awesome welcome for our visitors. 


It seems some Dunedin people don't know rhododendrons come from Asia. The ones planted around the city look like pot plants compared to those in their country of origin.
They still look great. Well done Dunedin.

Roadside Rhododendrons

I personally would much rather see plantings of indigenos flora. Unfortunately Rhododendrons secrete chemicals which supress growth of other plants under or near them.~ environmentally unfriendly. However I would be sympathetic to the idea if 60 to 70 percent of the plantings were natives.

Rhododendrons capital of the world

Rhododendrons in Dunedin are amazingly beautiful. Currently, millions of tourists around the world (especially Asians) are making annual trips to Japan to view the cherry blossoms, which happen only for a few days in the year. Let us develop a "think big" strategy to become the Rhododendrons capital of the world (not just NZ). Every year, we can have a "plant Rhododendrons day" where family can donate and plant a Rhododendron along the street (to be determined/organised by the Rhododendrons Trust). Before long, we will have Rhododendrons all over Dunedin streets, which will be an amazing sight during flowering season. Rhododendrons are new to many people around the world (especially Asians). Let's make Dunedin's Rhododendrons festival a must visit tourist destination itself, just like Cherry Blossom festival is to Japan.

Applause and cries of 'Artist!'

For the Vanishing Perspective of Miller Road. Prettier than Miller's Flat.


the entrance is completely fine as is.  why spend more money?



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