The country's top orchid growers and enthusiasts are bringing their national show to New Plymouth in late spring.
The New Zealand National Orchid Expo 2013 runs from November 1 to 3 with the TSB Stadium likely to be full of hundreds of plants, organisers say.
About 60 judges will pick the winners in 160 classes, with the grand champion orchid and reserve champion plants named the day before the show opens to the public.
Lectures and demonstrations are also being held, with speakers coming from Australia and the US.
It's the first time the national event has been staged outside a main centre.
Organisers put that down to Taranaki's domination of the national council. Of the 11-member Orchid Council of New Zealand executive, four hail from New Plymouth. Clive Perry is national secretary, Grahame Hill treasurer, Ruth Coles executive member and Joy Wray national vice-president.
Long-time orchid grower and pioneer George Fuller is the national patron.
"I think it's an amazing opportunity for people to attend something of this calibre, outside of the cities," Mrs Wray said.
"A lot of people will only have been to our local shows. This will be completely different."
The unique timing of the event will showcase many orchids not normally seen by the public as most orchid shows are held from August to early October.
The national show is usually held every three years. This time round it's being held later in the year to coincide with the Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular.
A small dedicated committee has spearheaded organisation of the expo, Mrs Wray said.
"It's been pretty full on this past year."
More than 200 individuals have registered for the November event.
There will be 30 orchid displays from orchid society members and individual growers, as well as 40 stalls, a quilt display and a large foyer display by staff from the Pukekura Park Fernery.
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