Local Attractions

Cool off at Waiongana Park – Home of Taranaki Naturists Club
Pukeiti Rhododendron Garden — Rhododendrons and exotic plants Pukeiti hosts one of the world’s biggest and most diverse collections of rhododendrons and other exotics, creating an explosion of colour among lush, native rainforest and mountain streams. Pukeiti is a great place to be all year round, with Vireya rhododendrons and other rare and unusual plants a key feature. In July, the enormous flower trusses of the large-leaf rhododendrons start awakening, followed by camellias and magnolias. By October, hundreds of exotics start to flower with herbaceous plantings and bulbs, and in December, giant Himalayan lilies up to 3m tall fill the air with the scent of honey.

 Each summer (Mid December to Early February) the TSB Festival of Lights transforms Pukekura Park, one of New Zealand’s premier botanical gardens, into a magical illuminated night-time wonderland of multi-coloured lights gleaming amongst the trees, attracting more than 100,000 visitors each year. Come and be wowed by the live night-time entertainment from national and international performers, stunning lighting features, a fantastic mix of daytime activities for children and families, twilight movies in the park and pop-up performance features.

WOMAD NZ 16 -18 March 2018 is thrilled to deliver its first artist announcement for WOMAD 2018, with the classic chart-topping Kiwi hitmakers; DRAGON.
Description: One of the world’s best-loved musicals, CATS, will embark on its most extensive tour of New Zealand ever in 2019. CATS is based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as “the Jellicle choice” and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. Since its world premiere, CATS has been presented in over 30 countries, and has been seen by over 73 million people worldwide
Live Entertainment  TSB Bowl of Brooklands 
Nigel Ogle’s Tawhiti Museum — The Tawhiti Museum is a truly unique enterprise. The creation of artist Nigel Ogle, its attention to detail is simply stunning. Widely acclaimed as the best private museum in the country, the museum uses life size exhibits and scale models to present our heritage in a series of super realistic and engaging displays. All these displays are designed and built on the premises in the ‘Body Shop’ and accompanying studios, which can be viewed as part of a museum visit.
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