New Plymouth is the major city of the Taranaki region and packed full of tourist treats. Brooklands Zoo, the Art Gallery, the Aquatic Centre, Puke Ariki and the gem itself Pukekura Park. Within Pukekura Park, situated below ground; you will find the Fernery, where three glass topped caverns have been hollowed out of the side of the hill and ferns have blanketed them. International Acts perform at the celebrated TSB Bowl of Brooklands, a large grass amphitheatre, encircled by lake water and trees.
Seven countries host Womad (World of Music, Arts and Dance), an international musical extravaganza. Womad will have you singing, dancing, tasting the flavours of the world within the Global Village, and unwinding in this family-friendly atmosphere. The TSB Bank Festival of Lights comes alive in Pukekura; set amongst the waterfalls and lakes, plants and trees are majestically lit up, the waters shimmer from the lights reflection. Fire poi dancers entertain, wooden rowboats are illuminated while they transport you along the river. Mt Taranaki with its snow covered peak looms in the background through the blanket of luminous lights.