The wonderfully eccentric Wind Wand at Puke Ariki Landing was designed by Len Lye – the artist who has put this town on the map in modern times. This 45m-high, kooky kinetic sculpture is a truly beloved icon of bendy pole-ness. Look for it all lit up at night – in 2017, it was lit up by lightning.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby New Plymouth attractions

1. Puke Ariki

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Translating as ‘Hill of Chiefs’, Puke Ariki was once a pā (fortified village) site, and is now home to the i-SITE, a fab regional museum, a library, a…

2. Puke Ariki Landing

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Developed in the 1980s, Puke Akiri Landing connects the city centre with the foreshore. The grassy area in front of Puke Ariki features a large, carved…

3. War Memorial

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An appropriately austere stone New Plymouth landmark that presides over the Coastal Walkway and a public playground.

5. Clock Tower

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If you lose your bearings in downtown New Plymouth (or just want to know the time), look for the kooky, stripy clock tower, which is often luridly lit at…

6. 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…

7. Kibby Carillon

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On top of Marsland Hill is the cacophonous 37-bell Kibby Carillon, a huge automated glockenspiel-like device that tolls out across the New Plymouth…

8. New Plymouth Observatory

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