Pukekura Park is a world-renowned park located in the heart of New Plymouth city. Beginning its life as a barren and swampy valley, it has been shaped into one of the best inner-city parks in New Zealand and is the backdrop for the annual TSB Bank Festival of Lights - a free spectacular event held from mid-December to late January.
Pukekura Park and Brooklands
Te Henui Walkway
This is the more popular of New Plymouth’s two river walkways. Te Henui winds its way up from the coast through a variety of native and exotic flora, and past several picnic areas and swimming holes. It extends from the coast at East End Reserve to Welbourn and follows the scenic Te Henui River. On the way you pass by historical pa sites and a wide range of flora and fauna. Gazetted as a national walkway, Te Henui is one of the most beautiful walkways in New Plymouth District and yet, incredibly, it originates from a sewage pipe route.
Lake Mangamahoe is a 262ha production forest, a popular place for mountain biking, walking, and running, and has a bridle path for horses, a scenic lake and park. It also has spectacular views of Mt Taranaki.