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Pukekura Park and Bowl of Brooklands

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Gardens in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
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Taranaki
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Festival of Lights at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
Festival of Lights
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth, Taranaki

Pukekura Park is located in the centre of New Plymouth, in the Taranaki region of New Zealand. The park covers about 128 acres and offers a wide range of attractions and activities.

Pukekura Park is a botanical wonder that was first opened in 1876, changing the area from a swamp into a public recreation ground. Over the intervening years it has developed into about 52 hectares of lush native bush and groomed gardens within a city that has grown around it.

Pukekura Park Attractions

Pukekura Park contains two lakes, one of which has wooden rowboats for hire. Further attractions include:

  • Children's playground
  • Cricket ground
  • Fernery and Display Houses
  • Kiosk
  • Fountain and waterfall
  • Historic band rotunda
  • Bowl of Brooklands
  • Brooklands Zoo

National and international acts regularly perform at the Bowl, a natural amphitheatre. Its night-time concerts cannot be missed for the unique and memorable experiences the Bowl provides both audiences and performers.

Right next to the Bowl of Brooklands are beautiful English-style gardens and a children's zoo.

Pukekura Park is the venue for the spectacular Festival of Lights. From December to February every year, hundreds of lighting displays turn the park into a huge illuminated fantasyland.

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