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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  • Loved wandering around Pukekura Park, seeing the cricket ground, Bowl of Brooklands and lovely shrubs, trees and fauna - can't wait until next time!  more »
  • Had lunch in the park and a walk around. Last time i was there was to play football, in the Duff Rose Bowl final many years ago. I had forgotten how beautiful the park is and we will visit more often....  more »
  • This is a very nice, multi purpose space in the middle of town. There’s a beautiful lake, an outdoor concert venue, a sports arena and a very well maintained botanic garden. The gardens are beautiful....  more »
  • A beautiful park, with ample footpaths leading to secluded swards of lawn. The Festival of Lights is a delightful display of art and technology, allowing free wandering through the park for people of all ages and accessible to those with disabilities. A delightful tearooms face the lake and offer a wide variety of cabinet food s well as hot and cold beverages.
  • This is an amazing calm and cool park. I simply love it. I would recommend this place for picnics, events and fun games. The most attractive places in the park are the pond and waterfall. In summers even you can visit this place till late night. The lighting of this natural and wildlife like place looks great in night time.
  • Walking through this park is such a delight, situated in the heart of the city it is a tranquil haven. The natural beauty is stunning with waterfalls and bridges with Mt Taranaki in the background. There is a cafe on site beside the lake where you can hire a boat. Once a year during the month of January there is a light spectacle to behold during the evening. Day and night this is a peaceful haven. There is a playground and toilets around the park.
  • This was the reason why we came to New Plymouth and we were not let down. The entertainment was amazing and the lights just brought a specialness to the evening. Plan ahead and park your car down a side street as to not get mixed up in the jam that will ensue at the end of the evening. If you are going to see the entertainment, take some nibbles and drinks. There are food trucks there however they run out of food pretty fast due to the sheer volume of hungry people. Enjoy the lights, they are amazing
  • Such a beautiful park. I worried it wouldn't be tranquil or peaceful as it is right in the centre of town, but it was just beautiful. We went during the day and had a lovely walk around the park, admiring the scenery and the water. I love that the water features have to operated by you in order to see them (the waterfall and the fountain) such a eco friendly way of managing a park! We also returned in the evening for the festival of lights and this is just spectacular. So well done with some really great use of light and colour. It's also free!!

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