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New Plymouth Holidays Overview
New Plymouth lies on the West Coast of the North Island. European settlers arrived here in March, 1841, however land ownership disputes with the local Maori people became volatile. As a result New Plymouth became a fortified garrison town and it was here that the First Taranaki War was fought in 1860-1861. New Plymouth's economy is sourced primarily from dairy farming, due to the surrounding rich volcanic soil, along with natural gas, oil, and petrochemical exploration and production.
New Plymouth is well known for being the city where you can be surfing and skiing all in the one day. This is possible due to the big waves off the coastline and the fact that Mount Taranaki (also known as Mount Egmont) is only 20 minutes away in the car. Tourists who are into physical activities will be spoilt for choice here. Options include surfing, skiing, snowboarding, alpine walks, rock climbing, and walking. Golfers will be thrilled to note that there are 20 golf courses in the region. There is also an aquatic centre providing pools, hydroslides, spa, and sauna.
New Plymouth also has a great selection of galleries, museum, theatre, restaurants and beautiful gardens to explore.
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holidays - Top Events
TSB Bank Festival of Lights runs every year from the middle of December to early February. This festival is held in Pukekura Park, and has both daytime and night time events. This is a free festival and caters for all ages. The Festival of Lights combines entertainment with an amazing display of lights that transform the gardens into a truly amazing and illuminated fairy tale. Daytime activities include magicians, skateboarding events and scavenger hunts. Nightly entertainment includes concerts. Entertainment such as the fire poi dancers, talking giant and the parades are all crowd pleasing events. At night time the waterfalls and lakes glow beneath thousands of lights and fluorescent pebble paths sparkle. Garden features such as the fountains, rotunda and water wheel are fully illuminated.
WOMAD stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance and is held in March each year. There is music, workshops, foods, artist performances and parades to keep the crowds happy. This festival celebrates the melting pot of muticulturalism and a Global Food Village is set up to serve delicious foods from other countries. Films from all around the world are viewed outdoors. Children are well catered for with a Kidzone designed to keep them entertained and thinking. This is a family friendly festival that runs for 3 days. WOMAD is held in Brooklands Park and the TSB Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth.
holidays - How to Get There
Flights leave from New Plymouth to Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. Car rentals can be arranged through Argus, Thrifty and Budget.