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Activities and Attractions in New Plymouth, Taranaki

Our central city location is ideally located for business/corporate and leisure travellers. Take a stroll into town and enjoy a coffee (or wine) in one of our many cafes/bars, and then take a walk bike or run on our award winning coastal walkway, or take a leisurely stroll through our fabulous Pukekura park.

Attractions

Coastal Walkway

The Wind Wand is located on the scenic Coastal Walkway, an award-winning 11km path between the town centre and the ocean. Te Rewa Rewa Bridge is inspired by a whale skeleton. The “ribs” arch over the bridge from one side to the other. This stretch of path is a must-do walk in the greater Taranaki region.

Coastal Walkway

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

One of New Zealand’s best contemporary art galleries, the Govett-Brewster is an integral part of New Plymouth’s culture. Home to Len Lye’s film and sculpture collection, the gallery also has a prominent global and pacific focus. That, along with the iconic exterior architecture, make this gallery a New Plymouth attraction for all visitors to experience.

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Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

Pukekura Park

Often described as the jewel in New Plymouth's crown, Pukekura Park covers 52ha (128 acres) right in the heart of the city and is one of New Zealand's premier botanical gardens. The park has an international Green Flag award and is a Garden of National Significance. As a popular destination for locals and visitors alike, Pukekura Park lights up over the summer as the backdrop for the annual TSB Bank Festival of Lights.

Pukekura Park

TSB Bowl of Brooklands

The iconic TSB Bowl of Brooklands is surrounded by a picturesque lake and the stunning backdrop of New Plymouth's Pukekura Park. The venue consists of an outdoor sound stage and a grass amphitheatre suitable for a variety of entertainers, as well as functions, concerts, corporate events, weddings and dinners.

TSB Bowl of Brooklands

Puke Ariki Museum

Translating as ‘Hill of Chiefs’, Puke Ariki is home to the i-SITE, a museum, a library, a cafe and the fabulous Arborio restaurant. The excellent museum has an extensive collection of Māori artefacts, plus colonial, mountain geology and wildlife exhibits.

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Puke Ariki Museum

Pouakai Crossing

The Pouakai Crossing is Mt Taranaki’s premier one day walk and takes in the highlights of the longer Pouakai Circuit. If you’re only completing one tramp in Taranaki this is the one to do. You’ll get great views of Mt Taranaki, out over the north Taranaki countryside to the coast and inland to Mt Ruapehu. You’ll get up close to the towering lava columns of the Dieffenbach cliffs, cross the active erosion scar of the Boomerang slip, and see the red water of the Kokowai Stream caused by manganese oxide oozing from the earth. There’s an optional side trip to the Stony River’s Bells Falls.

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Pouakai Crossing

Pukeiti Gardens

The Taranaki Regional Council's three premier heritage properties, Tūpare, Pukeiti and Hollard Gardens, are open all day every day and entry is free. Pukeiti hosts one of the world’s biggest and most diverse collections of rhododendrons and other exotics, creating an explosion of colour among lush, native rainforest and mountain streams. Tūpare is a premier landscaped garden with a unique homestead, originally developed by Sir Russell Matthews and his family from 1932. Tūpare’s distinctive Chapman-Taylor designed house is a great example of the Arts & Crafts style of architecture. Hollard Gardens are informal and intimate, with a huge variety of native and exotic plants collected by Bernie Hollard, many are rare and endangered.

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Pukeiti Gardens

Events

TSB Festival of lights

Each summer the TSB Bank Festival of Lights transforms Pukekura Park, one of New Zealand's premier botanical gardens, into a magical illuminated night-time wonderland of multi-coloured lights gleaming amongst the trees, attracting more than 100,000 visitors each year. Come and be wowed by the live night-time entertainment from national and international performers, stunning lighting features, a fantastic mix of daytime activities for children and families, twilight movies in the park and pop-up performance features.

Dates: 16 DEC 2018 - 5 Feb 2019

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TSB Festival of lights

Americarna

Celebrating American Classics
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Americarna

WOMAD

This international festival brings together artists from all over the globe for a vibrant showcase of the world's many forms of music, arts, and dance. It all takes place in the stunning TSB Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth which is frequently described by visitors and performers as one of the most beautiful venues in the world.

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WOMAD

International Vintage Car Club Rally

17-22 January 2021

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International Vintage Car Club Rally

Upcoming Events in New Plymouth

With Taranaki’s epic surf, spectacular gardens, great events, legendary mountain and countless outdoor and cultural adventures it’s easy to see why the region prides itself on being a destination 'like no other'.
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Upcoming Events in New Plymouth