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1. Puke Ariki

The treasure trove of Taranaki’s history and culture, Puke Ariki is a world-class knowledge centre where library, museum and visitor information are combined to tell the stories of Taranaki - past, present and future. Setting an international benchmark in the delivery of information and heritage services, Puke Ariki has a number of exhibitions on throughout the year, and has a variety of displays, collections, and interactive technology on permanent display. A combined museum, library and information centre, Puke Ariki sets out to inspire creativity by showing stunning exhibitions that highlight Taranaki’s past, present and future. Taranaki is a region steeped in history and Puke Ariki (Hill of Chiefs) stands on an original pa site of the great Maori Chief, Te Rangi Apiti Rua around 1700. The pa was deserted and approximately 100 years later it became the landing place for colonial settlers. Puke Ariki is located opposite Len Lye’s Wind Wand in central New Plymouth. There are a number of galleries featuring contemporary exhibitions, Taranaki past life, Taranaki geology, flora and fauna, Maori collections (Taonga) and theatre featuring short films on Taranaki life. Puke Ariki is a must see for your Taranaki experience.

2. Taranaki Garden Festivals

The Taranaki Rhododendron and Garden Festival invite you to experience the most stunning range of gardens and events in New Zealand – a festival like no other. The hospitality of Taranaki’s garden owners is what makes this event so unique. Every year visitors flock from all over New Zealand and overseas to the festival where they are encouraged to take the time to wander through the beautiful gardens and take part in many of the festival’s events. Festival gardeners show the care and dedication that only those who love growing things can provide. In 2007 the festival boasted an amazing 49 gardens, of which 17 were gardens of national or regional significance, which is the most of any region in New Zealand and something that the festival is very proud of! The events programme included the innovative Landscape Design Project by French design company L’Atelier, a glamorous twilight Garden Party, the Garden Speaker Series, Jazz & Wine in gardens, the popular Two for One day, Trees For Babies plus many more events, some of which are created especially for children and families. The Taranaki Rhododendron & Garden Festival is happening from 30th October - 8th November 2015.

3. Pukekura Park

This 52ha inner-city park is a jewel. Stretching along a river valley from the centre of New Plymouth to near the city’s southern boundary, Pukekura Park is a Garden of National Significance that combines formal gardens with walks through native bush. Visitors to the park can enjoy the internationally regarded Fernery and Display Houses, visit Brooklands Zoo, check out the Japanese Hillside and Kunming Garden, and take a row boat onto the main lake. The park’s beautiful sportsground has been named one of the top small cricket grounds in the world by Wisden, while the natural outdoor amphitheatre of the TSB Bowl of Brooklands has attracted well-known performers over the years. And from mid-December to early February every year, Pukekura Park is transformed into an illuminated wonderland each night with the TSB Bank Festival of Lights. This free event includes nighttime entertainment and daytime activities for all ages, and is so popular that it has been voted onto the coveted Mayfair spot of New Zealand Monopoly!

4. New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

This award-winning walkway stretches almost the entire length of New Plymouth, and gives visitors a close-up experience of the Tasman Sea. Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters can travel its 7km length from the mouth of the Waiwhakaiho River in the east to Ngamotu Beach in the west, passing in front of the city’s CBD along the way. The eastern end takes walkers through a series of sand dunes, then on to Fitzroy Beach then East End Beach with its adjacent reserve and skate park. The central section of the walkway is the site of the biennial Te Kupenga Stone Symposium, with artists carving their sculptures in full public view. Adjacent to this is the central deck which features the 45m-high Len Lye kinetic sculpture, Wind Wand. On its way westward the Coastal Walkway travels in front of the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre and down to the Lee Breakwater before ending at the family-friendly Ngamotu Beach. Mobility scooters are available for hire (for free) from the aquatic centre – just call New Plymouth District Council on 06-759 6060 to book. Refreshments and ‘Wind Wanderer’ pedal carts are available at the central deck, next to the Wind Wand.

5. TSB Bank Festival of Lights

Since 1993 the TSB Bank Festival of Lights has been wowing hundreds of thousands of visitors each year with an awesome mix of events, entertainment and of course a spectacular lighting display set against the backdrop of Pukekura Park. At night, fluorescent pebble paths sparkle beneath excited feet, majestic trees and plants glow, and waterfalls and lakes shimmer and shine beneath thousands of lighting displays. But it's the features such as the talking giant, fire poi dancers or the parades that captivate the young and the not so young. Structures such as the park's water wheel, fountains and historic band rotunda are flooded with lights, while illuminated wooden rowboats offer a romantic boating opportunity like no other. So if you're looking for fun entertainment in the summer then visit Pukekura Park and immerse yourself in the magical and mystical wonderland of the TSB Bank Festival of Lights.


What's On in New Plymouth, Taranaki?

Wells New Plymouth Half Ironman

10 Feb 2013 (Sun)

WELLS NEW PLYMOUTH HALF IRONMAN

BAYCOURT THEATRE TAURANGA

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16 JULY 2012

Plus Half Marathon and 7km Run/Walk


NEW PLYMOUTH HALF IRONMAN 2013 AND 7KM RUN/WALK











SATURDAY 9TH FEB






Time: STARTS FROM 7.00AM





Location: WESTGATE PORT TARANAKI


On Saturday 9th February 2013 the WELLS New Plymouth Half Ironman will be based at New Plymouth's Port Taranaki and will embrace the Harbour, Surf Highway 45 and our world famous Coastal Walkway.






Bikes, Blues & Hot Cars

28 Feb 2013 (Thu) - 3 Mar 2013 (Sun)

TSB Stadium & Pukekura Raceway

New Plymouth will be host to one of the country's largest gatherings of motor bikes and hot cars.
In some aspects American is similar to the the classic American Car Festival and it can also be quite different in others. Come and see for yourself what all the fun is about.

3 Days and 3 nights of attractions and activities.

Amber Court and Brougham Heights Motels are proud sponsors of this event. Support them by booking your few days at these great properties. Or have a few days at Fitzroy Beach Motel.

WOMAD 2013

15 Mar 2013 (Fri) - 17 Mar 2013 (Sun)

TSB Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth

Music and performance from six continents of the world. 300+ performers, 20 countries, 6 continents, 30 hours of music, outdoor films, international food fiesta, kidzone, workshops, artists in conversation.
Accommodation for Womad?

WOMAD is New Zealand’s pre-eminent cultural, music, arts and dance festival. People travel from all around the globe to perform and to enjoy 30-hours of music and culture like you won’t find anywhere else in New Zealand.

Around 10,000 people gather each day for an exhilarating weekend of rhythms, sights and sounds in the lush surroundings of what is frequently described as one of the world’s most stunning venues. Films under the stars, workshops, "conversations", and cooking demonstrations by performers allow you to enjoy the artists up-close. A stroll through the Global Village offers fantastic fare and great shopping. Kids can get creative and inspired at Kidzone and the whole festival offers a family friendly environment. Most of all relax, unwind and soak up the vibe that is unique to WOMAD - New Zealand’s cleanest, greenest and safest festival!

The line-up for the next festival will be announced in October and once again it will include artists from all around the world who are the best at their discipline. From techno funk to classical there will be something for everyone.

Group Packages Available

22 Jul 2013 (Mon)

3 motels to choose from

Book your group accommodation now for events in Taranaki!
We welcome groups of all sizes for the many events here in New Plymouth.

We cater for:
- Sporting Groups
- Senior Citizens
- Musical Groups
- Tour Groups
- Ample parking for larger vehicles and buses
- Bed and Breakfast packages available

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