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Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

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Zoo / Aquarium
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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  • If you lovely gardens , you will love this one. It's extensive and a has a variety of flora and fauna. Would love to go back when the Rhodos and azaleas are in full bloom. Would look amazing.  more »
  • I took the entry off Liardet Street, where there is parking, and took the easy walk route up to the teahouse, the lake and the waterfall, on a beautiful autumn day. This place is jaw-dropping beautifu...  more »
  • Beautiful park close to the centre of New Plymouth. Very nice tea house and also a very beautiful cricket pitch  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.