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Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

4.9
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Zoo / Aquarium Garden
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.
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4.9
  • What a gem for our city, an awesome assets and a space to be enjoyed by all. We love the trees, pathways, fernery and childrens playground  more »
  • Great garden in all seasons. Kiosk is a really neat spot on a sunny day, sit outside and enjoy the mountain views. Would like to see more veggie savoury for lunch though.  more »
  • Went last year but this year lights weren't that great. But it has amazing playground. My boy loves going there.  more »
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  • Magical park with lots to see and do. Would definitely recommend a visit if you're passing through the city. Just setting up for the WOMAD festival when I was there so quite a large area was out of bounds. Visit the tropical gardens, very beautiful.
  • Visited the Festival of Lights here. What a lovely park, particularly lit up at night. If you are in town when this is one (every summer), you must check it out. Free movies, free bands, free entry! What more could you ask for? Easy paths to negotiate, nice place to stretch your legs and take in some fresh air.
  • It was a mild autumnal afternoon.. We enoyed a peaceful picnic on the sunny lawns, had delicious double-scoop waffle-cone ice cream (good value for $).
  • Loved this park, it has a something for everyone... From ambling paths to a kids playground with ok toilets. Boats were not out when we went as they were not sure if it was going to rain. The light festival currently running is lovely and with a visit (even with kids) if they can go late (the lights are supposed to start at 8.30pm).
  • Lush park with some amazing scenery. Great for kids. Great playground. If you go to the other side of the park you can go to a free ZOO Brooklands.

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