Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

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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. PutPukekura Park into our New Plymouth journey planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • I took sosososo many photos, what a gorgeous place!! Enjoyed an icecream from the tea kiosk & a good walk around. Highly recommend!! 
    I took sosososo many photos, what a gorgeous place!! Enjoyed an icecream from the tea kiosk & a good walk around. Highly recommend!!  more »
  • This is a beautiful space in New Plymouth and a real asset to the city. We stayed in NP for 4 days and visited twice for a wander. It is lovely around the lake with all the greenery. Even in the rain....  more
    This is a beautiful space in New Plymouth and a real asset to the city. We stayed in NP for 4 days and visited twice for a wander. It is lovely around the lake with all the greenery. Even in the rain....  more »
  • A national treasure. An exquisite park full of forest walks, a fountain & waterfall, lakes, boat rides, some huge rare tree specimens, a tunnel house full of 50,000 exotic plants, peace and... 
    A national treasure. An exquisite park full of forest walks, a fountain & waterfall, lakes, boat rides, some huge rare tree specimens, a tunnel house full of 50,000 exotic plants, peace and...  more »
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  • Such a lovely peaceful place to go for a walk. Beautifully kept park and great playground. It's a place that offer's something for everyone young or old. Has an amazing stage that they hold some fantastic concerts at. Even the duck's are happy 🦆🦢
  • I definitely have some childhood memories in this park, this place has been somewhat of a symbol growing up in new Plymouth and I have had so many humbling interactions and experiences within this park. I’m going to remember a lot of things from here for the rest of my life and in some sense has shaped me for who I am today because of the experiences I’ve had here. I’m so grateful to have grown up close to this park, the concerts I’ve seen and the animals I was able to watch. Thank you for the giant, thank you for the hypnotic lights, thank you for the gorilla and thank you for the waterfall. Now that I’m all grown-up and I look back at this place makes me nostalgic.
  • As always the park delivers, incredible tracks among the trees. The Cafe is good, nice scones and a non-drip teapot is a bonus. Go visit today in this glorious sunshine....
  • Awesome park, wonderfully setup. On a fine day from October through to November you can see a backdrop of the snow capped Mount Taranaki. The man made waterfalls inside the park, the lake, the bridge, boat rides on the lake, the cafe and evening lights make the experience a memorable one.
  • This Park just gets more amazing every summer, the Festival of Lights was amazingly beautiful. Huge crowds and in the middle of the week on a Wednesday, so many very happy children being extremely well entertained with the thousands of lights displaying this incredible park (must be one of the best parks in the world) in all it's splendor, so very much making it a fantastic destination when visiting Taranaki.

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