Local Attractions

New Plymouth Taranaki Attractions

The city of New Plymouth is known for its pristine beaches, art galleries, world class events and festivals, and beautiful parks. The conical shape of Mount Taranaki provides a dramatic backdrop to the city, a constant reminder that the hiking trails of Egmont National Park are just a short drive away.

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. With a diverse range of landscapes, Pukekura Park features bush walks, formal gardens, lakes, children’s play areas, a sports area and a Tea House.

In summer it comes alive with the TSB Festival of Lights. It is also home to the acclaimed TSB Bowl of Brooklands and Brooklands Zoo.

Pukekura Park

Pukeiti

Explore a wonderland of rhododendrons planted within 360 hectares of rainforest, located between Mount Taranaki and the coast, just south of New Plymouth.

Established in 1951, Pukeiti is an internationally recognised garden with one of the most diverse collections of rhododendrons on display anywhere in the world. Take a short garden walk or a more challenging adventure and with either, sense another world and time. Feel the spiritual significance of Pukeiti to local tangata whenua and learn some of the language, knowledge and stories which are part of the land. Find out about pioneering Europeans, passionate plant-collectors and garden-makers. Discover the property whilst doing a fun activity or make use of the facilities for a private or community event. Pukeiti is owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council on behalf of the people of the region. Share Pukeiti – a truly unique part of Taranaki’s heritage

Pukeiti

New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

A great way to see New Plymouth!

The award-winning Coastal Walkway is a 12.7km path that forms an expansive sea-edge promenade stretching from Pioneer Park at Port Taranaki all the way to the eastern side of Bell Block Beach with numerous pedestrian access points dotted along the way.

The walkway is ideal for walking, running, cycling or skating, or simply enjoying the view of the dramatic west coast.

New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

Pioneering, daring and what Len Lye called the 'swingiest art gallery in the antipodes', the Govett-Brewster is a contemporary art museum of the Pacific Rim, with an international reputation and reach.

The Len Lye Centre was opened in 2015 with a renewed vision and vigour to promote and develop contemporary art and the work and vision of Len Lye. The two venues offer complementary and contrasting programmes featuring the most provocative, audacious and confident works of art from New Zealand, the Pacific and around the world.

Govett Brewster Art Gallery Clocktower

Golf in Taranaki

There are 19 golf courses dotted around the Taranaki region to suit the avid golfer or those just wanting to enjoy the outdoors and scenery.

The website below will link you to all of the golf courses on offer and will provide info on green fees etc. Where will you choose to go?

Golf in Taranaki

Te Henui Walkway

The Te Henui is one of the most beautiful walkways in New Plymouth and links Merrilands and Welbourn to the Coastal Walkway.

Te Henui Walkway

Tawhiti Museum

The Tawhiti Museum is a truly unique enterprise. The creation of artist Nigel Ogle, its attention to detail is simply stunning.

Widely acclaimed as the best private museum in the country, the museum uses life size exhibits and scale models to present our heritage in a series of super realistic and engaging displays.

All these displays are designed and built on the premises in the 'Body Shop' and accompanying studios, which can be viewed as part of a museum visit.

Tawhiti Museum

Len Lye Wind Wand

One of the most visible art pieces in the city is the 45m-high kinetic sculpture Wind Wand, designed by the late internationally renowned New Zealand artist Len Lye, which takes pride of place on New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway.

Len Lye Wind Wand

Brooklands Zoo

Brooklands Zoo is a free, family focused zoo which is home to a variety of farmyard animals, frogs, reptiles, oriental small-clawed otters, meerkats, a brolga, Bolivian squirrel monkeys and both capuchin and cotton-top tamarin monkeys, as well as a selection of colourful birds housed inside a walk-through free-flight aviary.

Brooklands Zoo

TSB Bowl of Brooklands

The TSB Bowl of Brooklands is a unique venue comprising an impressive outdoor sound stage and a large grass amphitheatre set against the backdrop of New Plymouth’s Pukekura Park. The bowl is a spectacular venue for summer concerts and when night comes, visitors and performers are spellbound as the lighting on the stage and surrounding trees takes effect.

TSB Bowl of Brooklands

Todd Energy Aquatic Centre

The Todd Energy Aquatic Centre is a swimming complex located adjacent to the Coastal Walkway.

Todd Energy Aquatic Centre

Ngamotu Beach

Located at the western end of the popular Coastal Walkway, Ngamotu Beach is a beautiful and quiet beach.

Ngamotu Beach

Paritutu Rock

Guarding the eastern end of New Plymouth's harbour is Paritutu Rock, another volcanic remnant. There's a track up the rock, beginning on the northern side. It's a scramble to the top but the views are spectacular & you can see the entire New Plymouth coastline, city, port and the Sugar Loaf Islands.

Paritutu Rock

Pouakai Zoo

Pouakai Zoo is a Taranaki tradition. It has been open for nearly four decades, a place where children of the past can bring a new generation of children or even grandchildren to visit the zoo over and over again. The memories of being chased by the geese while you are trying to feed them or walking through the native bush area have created everlasting memories and has made the zoo a part of the Taranaki heritage.

pouakai zoo

Mount Egmont/Taranaki

Mount Tarankai offers the region many spectacular walks, from short walks to see the magnificent Dawson Falls or Wilkies Pools, to something more adventurous like the Pouakai Crossing or summit climb. In winter Manganui Ski field is open on a fine day and offers half day or full day ski passes. All of this accessible within an hours drive of New Plymouth.

Mount Egmont

Lake Mangamahoe

This beautiful spot situated on the outskirts of New Plymouth offers the regions mountain bike park, with a collection of trails ranging from Beginner/Kids to Advanced. It also has a collection of Bridal tracks, as well as walks with views to take your breath away.

Lake Mangamahoe

Hillsborough Car Museum and Mini Golf Cafe

A fantastic spot to test your mini putt skills, take in some delicious treats at the café, or view an impressive collection of holden cars.

Hillsborough Car Museum and Mini Golf Cafe

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