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 Museum in Hawera

KD's Elvis Presley Museum

Elvis lives! At least he does at Kevin D Wasley's astonishing museum, which houses more than 10,000 of the King’s records and a mind-blowing collection of Elvis memorabilia collected over nearly 60 years. 'Passion i…
Top Choice Museum in Palmerston North

Te Manawa

Te Manawa merges a museum and art gallery into one experience, with vast collections joining the dots between art, science and history. The museum has a strong Māori focus and includes plenty of social history, info…
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 Whanganui

Waimarie Centre

The historical displays are interesting, but everyone's here for the PS Waimarie, the last of the Whanganui River paddle steamers. In 1900 it was shipped out from England and paddled the Whanganui until it sank ingl…
Top Choice Gallery in Whanganui

Sarjeant on the Quay

The elegant old neoclassical Sarjeant Gallery building in Queens Park is closed for earthquake-proofing. Until that work is finished, this estimable art collection is housed on Taupo Quay. There's not as much room h…
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 Museum in Palmerston North

New Zealand Rugby Museum

Fans of the oval ball holler about the New Zealand Rugby Museum, an amazing space overflowing with rugby paraphernalia, from a 1905 All Blacks jumper to a scrum machine and the actual whistle used to start the first…
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 Gallery in Whanganui

New Zealand Glassworks

The pick of Whanganui's many glass studios. Watch glass-blowers working, check out the gallery, take a one-day glass-blowing course ($290, four people max) or a 30-minute ‘Make a Paperweight’ lesson ($80), or just h…