Pukekura Park during the annual Festival of Lights. © Venture Taranaki

Pukekura Park: flora, fauna and festivals


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Right in the heart of New Plymouth you’ll find the multi-faceted Pukekura Park. 

Established way back in 1876, the 52-hectare recreational reserve is a hub for sporting fixtures, festivals and garden rambles. 

Each summer, Pukekura Park is home to the vibrant Festival of Lights (running from 17 December – 22 January) and the multi-day musical extravaganza of WOMAD (from 17 – 19 March) at the park’s Bowl of Brooklands, but you can visit year-round to appreciate the walking trails, the tranquil lake and gardens galore. 

Colourful orchids, begonias, fuchsias and bromeliads abound in the Fernery and Display Houses – three glass-roofed caverns excavated into the hillside. 

And, for a family outing, take the kids to the Brooklands Zoo on the outskirts of Pukekura Park, where they can spot monkeys, meerkats and capybara. Best of all, it’s free to visit. 

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