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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?

Resene Rainbow Run

10 Apr 2016 (Sun)

Coastal Walkway

London, Glasgow, Sydney, Abu Dhabi, Melbourne, Queenstown, and now Taranaki! There's nothing else like it in Taranaki! Get together with your friends, family and colleagues to participate in Taranaki’s first ever Resene Rainbow Run and walk! It doesn't matter if you are fast or slow. Get doused with coloured powder while you fun run or walk the Coastal Walkway from Ngamotu Beach to East End Reserve. As you pass through the colour stations situated along the 4.2km route you will be doused in coloured powder so wear white to get the brightest effect.

Spot prizes, entertainment, refreshments, and fun at the finish line. Bring some cash if you want to grab a bite to eat while you sit back, relax and try to spot yourself and your friends on the TSB Bank Big Screen.

Open to participants of all speeds, ages, shapes and sizes – everyone is welcome. No times recorded, no age restrictions, simply loads of fun and you end up looking like a rainbow.

Taranaki Home & Lifestyle Expo

15 Apr 2016 (Fri) - 17 Apr 2016 (Sun)

TSB Stadium

The Taranaki Home and Lifestyle Expo is the biggest home show in the region with over 100 products and services in one location over one weekend the expo is your one stop shop for everything home and lifestyle.

This expo will put you in front of the experts to turn your home and lifestyle dreams into reality. See the latest products, services and trends in building, renovating and home improvements.

The expo features daily seminars where you can learn valuable tips from the experts, be wowed by fabulous kitchen demonstrations and be inspired by amazing exhibitor displays.

HMS Pinafore

21 Apr 2016 (Thu)

TSB Theatre - TSB Showplace, 92 Devon St West

HMS Pinafore's extraordinary popularity in Britain, America and elsewhere was followed by the similar success of a series of Gilbert and Sullivan works, including The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado. Their works, later known as the Savoy operas, dominated the musical stage on both sides of the Atlantic for more than a decade and continue to be performed today. The structure and style of these shows, particularly Pinafore, were much copied and contributed significantly to the development of modern musical theatre.

Chiefs vs Sharks

29 Apr 2016 (Fri)

Yarrow Stadium

Catch all the action at Yarrow Stadium when the Gallagher Chiefs will play the Sharks in the Investec Super Rugby match on 29 April

Beatlemania on Tour

12 May 2016 (Thu)

Theatre Royal - TSB Showplace

Relive the heyday of the world’s favourite Pop act with Beatlemania – On Tour, the complete live tribute show that recreates a true Beatles experience - authentic costumes, replica instruments and all songs performed with exquisite attention to detail.

Stephen K Amos The Laughter Master

13 May 2016 (Fri)

TSB Theatre - TSB Showplace, 92 Devon St West

Stephen K Amos The Laughter Master

Fresh from touring the UK and Australia, the maestro of feel-good comedy returns to New Zealand! Stephen's show "The Laughter Master" will bring hilarious tales and stories of finding laughter in this crazy world we inhabit. Is it all just doom and gloom in the headlines?

The Ten Tenors - The Power of Ten

18 May 2016 (Wed)

TSB Theatre - TSB Showplace, 92 Devon St West

The Power of Ten is a celebration of the exhilarating and unique sound for which The Ten Tenors are now world-renowned. In this spectacular new show, The Ten Tenors take on the most dynamic songs in the world, soaring through classical arias and giving rock anthems that special tenorial treatment.

Be amazed by the almighty force of ten extraordinary voices, united by music, in an evening that will take your breath away. It's time to experience The Power of Ten!

Vodafone Warriors vs Canberra Raiders

21 May 2016 (Sat)

Yarrow Stadium

NRL rugby league is coming to Taranaki for the first time in history with the Vodafone Warriors taking this 11th-round ‘home’ game against the Canberra Raiders to Yarrow Stadium.

No Vodafone Warriors player is looking forward to it more than star signing Issac Luke, the Hawera-born hooker excited about the chance of playing in his home province in front of family and friends.
He’ll have quality team-mates around him including fellow Kiwi internationals Roger Tuivasa-Sheck– another 2016 newcomer – Simon Mannering, Shaun Johnson, Manu Vatuvei, Ben Matulino andThomas Leuluai plus State of Origin veterans Ryan Hoffman and Jacob Lillyman.

The Canberra squad includes former Kiwis Iosia Soliola and Frank-Paul Nuuausala plus Kangaroos and Queensland forward Josh Papalii and veteran coach Ricky Stuart.

A storied rivalry dates back to 1995 with nothing splitting the teams in a total of 34 encounters. Each team counts 17 wins but the Vodafone Warriors have won the last five contests since 2013.

Taranaki Wedding Show 2016

22 May 2016 (Sun)

Pukekura Function Centre

Join Taranaki Weddings at the 2016 Wedding Show 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!

Taranaki Bride of the Year 2016

28 May 2016 (Sat)

Theatre Royal - TSB Showplace

The Gilbert-Smith Dance Trust and CACI New Plymouth presents Taranaki Bride of the Year 2016.
This is a memorable evening for all brides, grooms, bridesmaids, mothers of bride or groom, flower girls and page boys. As a recent bride you have the opportunity to once again experience the thrill and magic of feeling like a bride once again. And your husband and wedding party have the opportunity to join you.

This year we are also introducing a ‘Rock the Frock’ section for brides married prior to 2006. This is an exciting and fun section, and a chance for reminiscing that special moment from years ago.

The Great New Zealand Craft Show 2016

3 Jun 2016 (Fri) - 6 Jun 2016 (Mon)

TSB Stadium

See what Kiwis can do!
Queens Birthday Weekend

The Great NZ Craft Show returns to New Plymouth !
Four full days of great Kiwi crafts, fabulous shopping and inspiring entertainment.
10am-5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Free Demos! Great Shopping!

Michael Jackson History Tour

8 Jun 2016 (Wed)

TSB Theatre - TSB Showplace, 92 Devon St West

A musical tribute and live concert experience that journeys through Michael Jackson's vast and incredible catalogue of work including his beginnings as a member of the Jackson 5, his groundbreaking theatrics in the 80s and his evolution onward into the 21st century.

This show features all of MJ's greatest hits performed live by multi-talented impersonator Dantanio.

Come and celebrate the life and talent of the King of Pop with this casino-class production that features a live international band, fully choreographed dancers, authentic costumes and brilliant effects. A show not to be missed!

Sister Act

21 Jul 2016 (Thu) - 6 Aug 2016 (Sat)

TSB Theatre - TSB Showplace, 92 Devon St West

Get ready to be taken to heaven Taranaki, as the Australasian Premier of the Glorious Broadway Musical Sister Act hits the stage at the TSB Showplace in July 2016.
Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy smash hit based on the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg film. The show features all new original music by TONY and 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty And The Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin), and will be directed by Warren Bates.

Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look - a convent! Under the suspicious watch of the Mother Superior, using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

Gloriously funny and a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is a reason to Rejoice!

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