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Top Choice Gallery in New Plymouth

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Adjacent to the superb new Len Lye Centre, this is arguably the country’s best regional art gallery, presenting contemporary – and often experimental and provocative – local and international shows. There's also a c…
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 the fabulous Arborio restaurant. The excellent museum has an extensive collection of Māori artefacts, plus colonial,…
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 $12, summer only) meander across the main lake (full…
Top Choice Mediterranean in New Plymouth


Despite its resemblance to a cheese grater, Arborio, in the Puke Ariki building, is the star of New Plymouth’s food show. It’s airy, arty and modern, with sea views and faultless service. The Med-influenced menu ran…
Top Choice 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 head scarves take your coffee requests as you queue to order food at the counter, keeping you…
Top Choice Arts in New Plymouth


Fabulous Kiwi crafts, jewellery, art and design, plus regular gallery exhibitions, in a lovely shopfront on the main drag. It's the perfect spot to pick up an authentic NZ souvenir.
Top Choice Bar in New Plymouth

Hour Glass

On an unremarkable rise of Liardet St is this late-night tapas and craft-beer bar, with richly brocaded crimson drapes, straight-backed wooden chairs and interesting timber panelling. Upwards of 80 craft beers in a …
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 super new art gallery is dedicated. And indeed, the architecture is amazing: an interlocking facade…
Church in New Plymouth

Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary

The austere Church of St Mary (1846) is NZ's oldest stone church and its newest cathedral! Its graveyard has the headstones of early settlers and soldiers who died during the Taranaki Land Wars, as well as those of …
Observatory in New Plymouth

New Plymouth Observatory

Atop Marsland Hill (great views!) is this wee observatory, with one of the most powerful public-access telescopes in NZ.