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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?

Anika Moa - Queen at the Table Tour

4 Oct 2015 (Sun)

Butlers Reef Hotel

Anika Moa, beautiful and famous singer/actor hit the road once again with her one and only band member Jol Mulholland and very, very special support act SJD aka Sean Donnelly.
Anika and Jol will be playing lots of songs from her new critically acclaimed album Queen at the Table (5 stars, no big deal!) along with some old songs and some of her favourite covers. A bit like karaoke but sung well. Possibly.
Joining her is the wonderful SJD. He has recently released his new album, 'Saint John Divine' to widespread acclamation also. What is he like? He will be playing an acoustic set and this is his first national tour of NZ as a solo artist!

Taranaki Weddings Bridal Fayre 2015

1 Nov 2015 (Sun)

Yarrow Stadium

Join Taranaki Weddings at the 2015 Bridal Fayre as we showcase the biggest and the best selection of Wedding Vendors in the beautiful Taranaki Region!
Gather ideas and inspiration, meet, chat with and book the most amazing vendors, samples cakes, have fun in photobooths, try out products, enter giveaways and so much more!
The Taranaki Wedding Bridal Fayre takes place on Sunday 1st November 2015 from 10:30am till 3.30pm.

10CC

11 Nov 2015 (Wed)

TSB Theatre - TSB Showplace, 92 Devon St West

10cc, comprising Graham Gouldman, Rick Fenn, Mick Wilson, Mike Stevens and Paul Burgess, were hot favourites when they performed in NZ to over 50,000 people at a summer concert tour last year.
Fans will now have the chance to hear hits such as Dreadlock Holiday, The Things We Do For Love, I’m Not In Love (featured in films such as Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and more recently the Disney blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy), Art For Art’s Sake, Rubber Bullets, I’m Mandy Fly Me and Donna, up close and personal in theatres.
And in a rare double-bill, 10cc co-founder Graham Gouldman will open the show with his Heart Full of Songs acoustic set, performing hits he wrote for other artistes, such as Bus Stop and Look Through Any Window (for The Hollies), No Milk Today (Herman’s Hermits) and Heart Full of Soul and For Your Love (The Yardbirds).

The Australian Led Zeppelin Show - Zeppelin Live

14 Nov 2015 (Sat)

The Mayfair, 69-73 Devon Street West, New Plymouth

The Led Zeppelin Show is Australia's premiere and most authentic tribute to Led Zeppelin. Complete with costumes, stage presentation, authentic instruments and equipment the same as Led Zeppelin used on stage, The Led Zeppelin Show captures the electricity and live experience of a Led Zeppelin concert.

New Zealand Tattoo and Art Festival

28 Nov 2015 (Sat) - 29 Nov 2015 (Sun)

TSB Stadium, Mason Drive, New Plymouth

”Australasia’s biggest tattoo event the New Zealand Tattoo & Art Festival is back for the 5th time on the 28 & 29 November 2015 at the TSB Stadium in New Plymouth!
Featuring over 250 of the world’s finest tattoo artists & tattoo models, including LA Ink star Dan Smith, American realism star Paul Acker, American Model & judge on hit TV show Best Ink Sabina Kelley, Swedish tattoo artist & model Cleo Wattenstrom, American black & grey master Carl Grace, American Model Miss Mary Leigh Marshall, Bernadette Macia’s who is a judge on CMT’s Tattoo Titans the face of Sullen Clothing & host of Sullen TV, Tahitian tattoo artist Manu Farrarons from LA, lettering & script tattooer Big Meas, dot work specialist Dillon Forte & many many more.

Pukekura Raceway Christmas at the Races

3 Dec 2015 (Thu)

Pukekura Raceway, Rogan Street, New Plymouth

It's your one stop Christmas Party and it's returning to New Plymouth this year. Enjoy a day of superb thoroughbred racing, delicious Christmas themed food, and live entertainment. Choose a hospitality option to suit your group then sit back and relax knowing all the details have been taken care of.

TSB Bank Festival of Lights

13 Dec 2015 (Sun) - 31 Jan 2016 (Sun)

Pukekura Park, Fillis Street, New Plymouth

The Festival is a must-do experience in Taranaki. -Each year the festival transforms Pukekura Park into a beautiful illuminated night-time wonderland.
Attracts over 100,000 visitors each year - locally, nationally and internationally.
-Over 1,000 lights are installed in the park, beautifully illuminating the trees and foliage surrounding the lakes.
-Summer Scene, the daytime event's programme for children and families, has 23 events this season. Sponsored by Tag Oil and Horizon Energy Services.
-On Stage, the night entertainment programme featuring nationally and international acts, has 47 performances this season. Supported by TSB Community Trust.
-Twilight movies, outdoor movies in the park is a magical experience under the stars. Bring a pillow and blanket to the Boat Shed Lawn.

UB40 Red Red Wine Vineyard Tour

10 Jan 2016 (Sun)

Sentry Hill Winery, 152 Cross Road

UB40, featuring the original members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, will be returning to New Zealand in early 2016 for their first ever vineyard tour.
One of New Zealand’s much loved festival acts, the Red Red Wine Vineyard Tour sees the band headline a series of concerts in some of the country’s most stunning locations and it will be swinging into New Plymouth’s Sentry Hill Winery on Sunday 10 January.
The original line-up of UB40 with Ali, Astro and Mickey enjoyed huge success over a period of 30 years from 1979 to 2008, with #1 albums, multiple gold and platinum selling albums, Grammy nominations, 4 worldwide #1 hits and over 70 million in sales. Now reunited again, they continue to take their smooth yet rootsy blend around the world and their live performances never fail to uplift the audience.

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