New Plymouth is a city of about forty-five thousand people in the Taranaki region of the North Island.
Directly south of the city is the dramatic volcanic peak of Mount Taranaki, which rises straight from the surrounding farmland. It’s clearly visible from New Plymouth and an easy drive away for skiers and snow-boarders. Even in summer it provides rock climbing and hiking.
New Plymouth is home to Pukekura Park, which every summer hosts the Festival of Lights, where the gardens and trees are lit every night in a memorable display.
New Plymouth is also famous for hosting WOMAD – the World of Music Arts and Dance – every March. World music performers bring a carnival atmosphere to the city.
The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery contains a large collection of the work of kinetic artist Len Lye, and his moving sculptures also grace New Plymouth’s public areas. The waterfront is home to the forty-five metre tall Wind Wand.