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New Plymouth is a vibrant city on the west coast of the North Island. The Taranaki region previously been mentioned on Lonely Planets 'Best in Travel' publication. Taranaki is one of the hottest visitor regions in the world. Temperatures can get chilly when the colder winds blow in from the Tasman Sea.
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Driving tips in New Plymouth
If you are planning a road trip from Auckland to New Plymouth, the approximate travel time is 4 hours and 34 minutes (361 km) via State Highway 3 and State Highway 1. With a reliable car rental, it is easy to explore the beautiful North Island.
Driving to New Plymouth is a worthwhile road-trip taking you through some remote but unique spots, especially the beautiful baiting village of Mokau. In New Plymouth, you are always aware of the brooding Mt Taranaki. It is often shrouded in cloud, as a visitor you are privileged when it appears in its entirety.
Best time to visit New Plymouth
When in New Plymouth, you will experience an oceanic climate described as moist, sunny and temperate. February is the driest month, while the coolest month is August. On average, the months January, February and March have nice weather.
If you don't like too much rain, avoid visiting New Plymouth in July as this is the wettest month. Most rainfall occurs from March to December.
Exploring New Plymouth has never been this easy
Dominated by the mystical Mt Taranaki, New Plymouth is a vibrant city which is part of the 10th biggest district in New Zealand. Hiring a car with VroomVroomVroom is the ideal way to explore this territory. Ever wanted to go surfing and snowboarding in the same day without a big drive in between? Well, having a car rental in New Plymouth makes that very dream possible. Use our travel guide to help you get the best out of this city.
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre
When Lonely Planet named Taranaki as the second best region in the world to visit in 2017, they singled out this public gallery in New Plymouth as one of the compelling reasons to go there. The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is a contemporary art museum of the Pacific Rim. In July 2015, it opened the Len Lye Centre as an addition to the gallery. Len Lye was a pioneer of experimental film and kinetic sculpture, and considered one of the most original artists of the 20th century. Visitors can enjoy both venues in a shared and flexible structure. The art museum houses a state-of-the-art cinema, exhibitions changing three times a year, workshops, tours, talks, venue hire, family and kids' art-making and a shop for something a little bit different. Admission to the combined centre and gallery is free. They are open 6 days a week, and closed on Tuesdays.
This natural wonderland is filled with native trees, local fauna and flora on display offering a place where you can relax and enjoy yourself. With plenty of street parking available, you can leave the rental car with peace of mind and get out to explore the 52 hectares of bush reserve and gardens that fill the heart of New Plymouth. The park adjoins the Bowl of Brooklands, a performance venue, and the Brookland's Zoo. The park is the setting for two of New Plymouth's most popular events, the TSB Festival of Lights, held each December and January, and the Womad Festival, in March.
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Must see Annual Events in New Plymouth
Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular 28 October to 6 November 2016
One of New Plymouth's signature events, full schedule published on July 20th. Public gardens and private gardens open to the public over 10 days. Also features workshops, speakers, cooking, fashion. Book your accommodation and hire car well in advance!
Womad - March 17-19 2017
This family friendly festival brings the best of music from all around the world for 3 days of magic in a beautiful location, the Bowl of Brooklands. As well as the music, there are workshops, a children's area, street food, markets and art installations. Part of the fun is camping in the adjoining racecourse, to soak up the maximum atmosphere. Womad has been based in New Plymouth for 12 years, part of a family of festivals that has seen 160 events staged in 27 countries.
TSB Bank Festival of LightsVoted the "Best Established Community Event" in New Zealand - New Zealand Association of Event Professionals!
Every year commencing mid December to early February, the Pukekura Park becomes a world of magic and wonder as the natural green trees turn into dazzling colours of the rainbow, the sweet whistle of the birds is accompanied with music and dance, the empty grass fields are filled with children and their families enjoying scavenger hunts, magician shows, twilight movies and much, much more. This is an event not to be missed while visiting New Plymouth in summer.