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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 Latin American in New Plymouth

Social Kitchen

Inside what was once the Salvation Army Citadel, this trendy restaurant is filled with neon charm and taxidermy. Hanging meat and pigs' heads are displayed like art, but you can avoid them in the courtyard strung wi…
Top Choice Modern NZ in New Plymouth

Monica's Eatery

Beside the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre, this all-day diner is homey despite its contemporary interior. Perhaps it's seeing handmade pappardelle lowered into bowls through the open kitchen, or the …
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 Cocktail Bar in New Plymouth

Snug Lounge

Located inside the iconic former White Hart Hotel, this savvy bar on the downtown fringe is the classiest place in town for a drink – unlike its predecessor. Dress to be seen, order a Tropical Botanical (gin, coconu…
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…
Top Choice Music in New Plymouth


A diverse array of local and international artists perform at the Bowl of Brooklands each March. Hugely popular, with music fans trucking in from across NZ. Camping sites available to purchase online.
Cafe in New Plymouth

Federal Store

Super-popular and crammed with retro furniture, Federal conjures up a 1950s corner-store vibe. Switched-on staff in dinky headscarves take your coffee requests at the counter as you queue beneath colourful bunting, …
Arts in New Plymouth


Fabulous Kiwi crafts, jewellery, bath and beauty products plus art and design, as well as regular gallery exhibitions in a lovely shopfront on the main drag. It's the perfect spot to pick up a meaningful NZ souvenir…