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 Zpp.
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
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.
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.