Pukekura Park

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MondayOpen 24 hours.

TuesdayOpen 24 hours.

WednesdayOpen 24 hours.

ThursdayOpen 24 hours.

FridayOpen 24 hours.

SaturdayOpen 24 hours.

SundayOpen 24 hours.

10 Fillis Street, New Plymouth Central, New Plymouth

06 759 6060

Meander up to Pukekura Park from the centre of New Plymouth and soak up the serenity and calmness. Although very much a city park, the bountiful flora and fauna, native forest, formal gardens and interesting architectural additions, make the park feel a million miles from the hustle and bustle of the main street. 

Walk through Saunders Gate, an impressive art deco arch built in 1938, and find yourself greeted with a pristine cricket oval complete with seating reminiscent of mountains. A subtle reminder that on a clear day Pukekura Park commands incredible views of the maunga. According to locals, a visit at sunset can reap big rewards as the clouds often part and give way to views of the region’s conical icon, Mount Taranaki/Taranaki Maunga.   

Amongst the extensive greenery - 128 hectares to be precise - a network of lakes weaves its way through the centre of the park, and a good selection of walking tracks should keep you busy. Pukekura Park's Fernery is definitely worth a look too. The fernery consists of three glass-topped caverns excavated into a hillside allowing the park to showcase indoor and outdoor plants from around the world (you can even get married here!). On top of that, there are plenty of eye-catching features to seek out, including the striking Poet’s Bridge, Kunming Spring Pavilion and Band Rotunda. If you’ve got littlies in tow, a children’s garden playground will keep the smaller family members amused. 

Affectionately known as the jewel in New Plymouth's crown, it certainly shines brightly. 


Words by Kelly Tapper & Photography by Anna Briggs

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10 Fillis Street, New Plymouth Central, New Plymouth

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