Taranaki Trails

Things To Do

Whether you’re looking for exciting, interesting or relaxing, Taranaki offers you the best of New Zealand’s nature, arts and culture, gardens and more. Some examples are below and more is available from the Venture Taranaki website.

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre

New Zealand’s most courageous contemporary art museum and home to the collection of modernist filmmaker and kinetic artist Len Lye.

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Gardens: Pukeiti, Tupare and Hollard

Explore Taranaki’s three premier heritage properties.

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Taranaki Pioneer Village

Taranaki Pioneer Village offers a great attraction and activity with 10 acres of park like gardens and buildings to explore. Making history come alive.

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Tawhiti Museum

Widely acclaimed as the best private museum in the country, the museum uses life size exhibits and scale models to present our heritage in a series of super realistic and engaging displays.

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Aotea Utanganui – Museum of South Taranaki

Aotea Utanganui is a purpose-built museum that embodies the spirit and energy of the South Taranaki region. The museum plays an active role within our community both today and for the future. A museum that is welcoming and inspirational while striving towards excellence in research, curatorship, preservation and educational engagement. A modern museum with ambitious future plans, prepared to embrace the digital age.               

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Brooklands Zoo

Brooklands Zoo is a FREE, family focused zoo which is home to a diverse variety of species including farmyard animals, reptiles and amphibians, meerkats, Bolivian squirrel monkeys, capuchins and cotton-top tamarins as well as a selection of colourful birds housed inside a walk-through free-flight aviary.

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Puke Ariki

Puke Ariki is a combined museum and library at New Plymouth, New Zealand which opened in June 2003. It is an amalgamation of the New Plymouth Public Library and the Taranaki Museum. Its name, Māori for “hill of chiefs”, is taken from the Māori village that formerly occupied the site.

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We have more information available on the Venture Taranaki website. Click here to find out more.

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