Trip Planner:   South Pacific  /  New Zealand  /  North Island  /  Taranaki Region  /  New Plymouth  /  Zoos & Aquariums  /  Pukekura Park

Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

(4.9/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
Unwind and soak in the tranquil atmosphere at Pukekura Park, widely regarded as one of New Zealand's most beautiful botanical gardens. This oasis of nature covers an area of 52 hectares (128 acres) dotted with lakes, walking trails, waterfalls, and fountains. Lush greenery, playing areas for kids, and sports facilities make the park a popular outdoor destination for locals and tourists of all ages. Look for the most famous landmarks here, the 19th-century poet's bridge and the tea house on the lake, dating back to the 1930s. Admission to the park is free. Take a look at our New Plymouth vacation trip planner to schedule your visit to Pukekura Park and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Create a full New Plymouth itinerary
map

Plan your trip to New Plymouth

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in New Plymouth by other users

30 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, outdoors, historic sites, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 39 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND March, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 37 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM CANADA April, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 39 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM CANADA April, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM FRANCE September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM DENMARK November, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 36 days in North Island BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 1 day in Taranaki Region BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Australia & New Plymouth BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Gorgeous park and gardens. Head over there during your stay and get lost for a few hours. Surprises await around every corner.  more »
  • We went on the last night of the festival of lights this year in Pukekura park. Very busy with so many people but well worth it. Easy walking tracks and allow plenty of time as there is heaps to see. ...  more »
  • Fancy an easy walk in a lovely garden with birdlife on the lake. We started at the cafe-too expensive and food choices limited. cafe food at a premium price. The cafe felt old and not looked after- a ...  more »
Google
  • This is a real local jewel. This place is more than 100 years old and incredibly well maintained. The lagoon and the tea house are a wonderful getaway that are easily accessed via one of the many parking areas. A wonderful labeled collection of local trees. If you haven't been here, you are really missing one of the wonders of the North Island. Yes, it is that good.
  • Fantastic urban park. Once you're inside the park you completely forget that you're inside the city. Beautiful large trees with some great man-made lakes. A wonderful spot to go for a walk.
  • Great place for a stroll around a well maintained garden. Dogs on leashes permitted when no events are taking place
  • This is one of the most beautiful parks I have ever seen. It has an artificial waterfall, and the Japanese flower section is absolutely beautiful. It also has a sense of peacefulness deeply ingrained. It is absolutely brilliant and a jewel in the crown that is Taranaki.
  • The quiet bush-fringed lake is an easy walk and a full tonic for the soul in any weather. Our grand daughter calls this Pukekura the "Dark Park" because of all her memories of visits with mum and dad at night time over the summer months when the council turns the paths and bush areas into a wonderland of light and shadows. When she is older she will no doubt equally enjoy the nightly, free concerts staged there in the summer evenings. Again, with sponsorship from the council and the ample supply of the province's musical talent.