While New Zealand is well-known for its amazing natural splendours and captivating historical monuments, it also doesn't disappoint when it comes to world-class entertainment.
Between 13th December and 31st January, New Plymouth hosts the annual Festival of Lights. Considered to be the main highlight of summer in New Zealand, the Festival of Lights at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth is definitely worth experiencing. A finalist in the Local Government New Zealand Excellence Awards 2014, it has also been named the most outstanding event in New Zealand.
Around 100,000 visitors throng this botanical garden each year to witness this captivating wonderland of iridescent, glittering lights. However, there is more to the festival than just the lights.
There is a host of fun-packed activities to consider for children and families. Opt for car rental in Plymouth, drive to this park, and immerse yourself in a magical summer experience. Outdoor movies in the park, performances by local and national artists, and daytime activities for children are some of the hugely popular events to look forward to.
As a matter of fact, the Pukekura Park in itself is great for ambling about in. The themed garden areas, small ponds, walking trails, ornate bridges and lakes make it a wonderful place for a family day-out.
Through this festival, New Plymouth not only promises tourists a great deal of fun at the botanical gardens, but also offers a chance to make the most of the coastal walkways, stone cottages, parks, and hillsides here.
It is best to rent a car and explore this amazing New Zealand city. While in New Plymouth, adventure-seekers can try rock-climbing on the Paritutu Rock. The view from top more than makes up for the efforts spent on this rather challenging activity. One could also take a look at one of the finest collections of Modern Art in New Zealand at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. A short drive from New Plymouth, Mt Egmont National Park with its many mountain trails, too is worth a visit. Choose the Veronica Loop Track for a short stroll or the Pouakai Crossing for a more strenuous all-day walk.