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New Plymouth Taranaki, Events and Activities



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?

Taranaki Farmers Market

28 Feb 2013 (Thu) - 30 Apr 2013 (Tue)

Currie Street, New Plymouth

It is always great to browse around a Farmers Market on a Sunday morning and New Plymouth's Farmers Market is a must
At Taranaki Farmers Market you can talk directly to the producer, taste locally grown and made food, enjoy a coffee and listen to local music.
Taranaki Farmers Market offers, fresh seasonal fruit & veg, meat & bacon, eggs, baking, jam and preserves, sauces, dips, nuts and nut products, flowers and seedlings, soft drinks, soaps, bath salts & body lotions, locally grown herbal teas, locally roasted organic coffee beans, locally produced compost, smoked & fresh fish.

Surf Fitzroy Beach - New Plymouth

3 Mar 2013 (Sun) - 31 Aug 2013 (Sat)

Fitzroy Beach

Many surfers from around NZ and the world like to try out the New Plymouth beaches for a solid days surfing.
Check out the calendar to discover when the local events are being held. Or just organise a few days away to surf, staying at Fitzroy Beach Motel, Brougham Heights Motel or Amber Court Motel.

Opera to Popera

11 Mar 2013 (Mon) - 10 Apr 2013 (Wed)

City West Church

The Opera to Popera concert showcases the best of the traditional operatic repertoire which today is featured in adverts, movies, or in sports events that have made these greats part of our every day musical life, coupled with popera which encompasses the crossover songs that have been made famous in more recent times by the likes of Andre Bocelli, Andre Rieu, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Russell Watson and Il Divo.
Songs like The Lakme Duet (British Airways advert) and Nessun Dorma (soccer world cup) have become instantly recognised because of their promotional use, but are equally famous in the operatic world. That’s because they are fabulous songs!

We feature the best of the best with four great soloists in a powerful concert of solos, ensembles and lots of part singing!

Tickets include lunch with the artists!

VW Easter Rally - NZ Volkswagen Nationals

29 Mar 2013 (Fri) - 2 Apr 2013 (Tue)

New Plymouth

Watch out for a flurry of VW's arriving in New Plymouth for the VW Easter Rally
The Taranaki club is hosting this years VW rally in New Plymouth Easter 2013. Look out for an amazing display of vehicles and of course their owners.

The Harlem Globetrotters

30 Mar 2013 (Sat) - 29 May 2013 (Wed)

TSB Stadium - New Plymouth

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to New Zealand, for the first time in over 12 years. Bringing their world famous tradition of ball-handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind sports entertainment. This is basketball like you've never seen it before!
It’s been over 12 years since history's most famous basketball team graced the courts in NZ, and the Globetrotters are returning in May for a seven-city tour.

The Harlem Globetrotters are a worldwide icon, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills. You’ll know the Globetrotters are ready to put on their spectacular show when you hear the sweet whistling of that instantly recognizable tune, , “Sweet Georgia Brown.”

For the next 90 minutes, the Globetrotters exhibit a captivating assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks, and precise timing…with a side-splitting array of comedy guaranteed to entertain both the young and the young at heart. The Globetrotters get their fans involved in the game - even out on the court with the players - like no other team.

The Globetrotters’ 2013 World Tour will showcase even more incredible ball handling wizardry, fresh comedy, and amazing rim-rattling dunks – all presented by some of the world’s greatest athletes and entertainers.

The Seven Irish Tenors

8 May 2013 (Wed)

TSB Showplace, New Plymouth

THE SEVEN IRISH TENORS repertoire includes a beautifully constructed selection of Irish folk songs, big opera numbers, modern rock classics, pop and even a special tribute to the Beatles.
The New York Times reviewer wrote – "From Rock to Opera, from Pop to Classic Broadway. Young, sexy guys with great looks and amazing voices. The audience loved every minute of this tremendous show." And The Sun wrote "If you like Il Divo, you'll love this show.

All Blacks vs France New Plymouth

22 Jun 2013 (Sat)

Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth

The All Blacks will play France at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth in 2013. The 22 June fixture will be the final game in the three match Steinlager Series scheduled to play out on New Zealand soil this year.
The International comes nineteen years after France last visited the province, having previously played Taranaki during their 1961, 1968 and 1984 New Zealand tours.

New Plymouth has an excellent track record hosting first class rugby fixtures, having held three Rugby World Cup 2011 games and two International Test matches in recent years. The 2013 Test will be the third time the All Blacks have played Test rugby in New Plymouth. In 2008 the All Blacks defeated Samoa in front of a jubilant sell-out crowd. Victory was repeated in 2010, as Ireland succumbed to a dominant New Zealand side.

The exceptional facilities at Yarrow Stadium will provide the ultimate venue come June, 2013. The All Blacks v France match will be a sell-out, based on the outstanding buy-in of the Taranaki community for previous first class games.

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22 Jul 2013 (Mon)

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