Attractions

Top Choice Gallery in New Plymouth

Len Lye Centre

'Great art goes 50-50 with great architecture', so said Len Lye, the world-beating NZ artist (1901–80) to whom this contemporary-art gallery is dedicated. And indeed, the architecture is amazing: an interlocking fac…
Top Choice Gardens in New Plymouth

Pukekura Park

The pick of New Plymouth's parks, Pukekura has 49 hectares of gardens, playgrounds, trails, streams, waterfalls, ponds and display houses. Rowboats (per half-hour $15, summer only) meander across the main lake (full…
Top Choice Museum in New Plymouth

Puke Ariki

Translating as ‘Hill of Chiefs’, Puke Ariki is home to the i-SITE, a museum, a library, a cafe and Arborio restaurant. The excellent museum has an extensive collection of Māori artefacts, plus colonial, mountain geo…
Top Choice Gallery in New Plymouth

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Adjacent to the superb Len Lye Centre, this is arguably the country’s best regional art gallery, presenting contemporary – and often experimental and provocative – local and international shows. Pop into the wonderf…
Hill in New Plymouth

Paritutu Rock

Just west of town is Paritutu, a steep-sided, craggy hill over 150m tall whose name translates as ‘Rising Precipice’. 'Precipice' is right – it's a seriously knee-trembling, 15-minute scramble to the top, the upper …
Bridge in New Plymouth

Te Rewa Rewa Bridge

Just past the Fitzroy Golf Course and accessible via Fitzroy Seaside Park or Peringa Park, this 83m-long bridge crosses Waiwhakaiho River and extends the Coastal Walkway by 4km, a 12.7km path along the ocean stretch…
Brewery in New Plymouth

Mike's

About 5km north of Urenui town you’ll find arguably the highlight of North Taranaki – Mike's – which offers tours (book ahead), takeaway, tastings of the legendary Mike’s Pale Ale (the Pilsner and vanilla coffee por…
Gardens in New Plymouth

Pukeiti

This sprawling garden, 23km south of New Plymouth, is home to masses of rhododendrons and azaleas. The flowers bloom between September and November, but it's worth a visit any time. Take a garden walk (45 minutes to…
Island in New Plymouth

Sugar Loaf Islands Marine Park

A refuge for 10,000 sea birds and home to a breeding colony of NZ fur seals, these rugged islets (Ngā Motu in Māori) are eroded volcanic remnants, 1km offshore. Most seals come here from June to October, but some st…
Park in New Plymouth

Brooklands Park

Adjoining Pukekura Park, Brooklands Park is home to the Bowl of Brooklands, a world-class outdoor sound-shell that hosts festivals such as WOMAD, and old-school rockers including Fleetwood Mac. Park highlights inclu…