Welcome to What's On in Taranaki

I have started this page with the intention of keeping it up to date with the major events in the New Plymouth area and the whole of Taranaki District if I can keep on top of it.   If you take a look in the "Links" section of the site you'll find links to a few of the good websites pertaining to local events in New Plymouth and Taranaki, hopefully they will be perfectly up to date because there is a good chance that my page isn't...

Festivals and Events

New Plymouth District has a deserved reputation as an events center, with a comprehensive event calender to delight all ages.  Major festivals regularly feature on the holiday calendar.  The biennial Taranaki Festival of the Arts attracts local and International artists and performers to provide diverse high quality entertainment.

The Taranaki Rhododendron and Garden Festival showcases private and public gardens during late October/ early November.  From mid-December to early February, the Festival of Lights transforms Pukekura Park into a night time wonderland.

Summer Vineyard Tour 2012

This year's tour will see legendary Australian roots act and NZ favourites John Butler Trio co-headline the show alongside so-hot-right-now funky American soul singer Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme, following Aloe's sell-out NZ shows earlier this year and NZ top 40 chart success. Kiwi pop-sweetheart Annabel Fay also joins the line-up off the back of a stint in the US.

Brooklands Lawn, New Plymouth.
Saturday 4 February 2012 05:00 to 10:00


  The dates for WOMAD New Zealand 2012 are 16, 17, and 18 March.
For full details on who's playing at Womad check out www.womad.co.nz

  If your coming for the festival I would suggest that you book your accommodation early at our classic New Zealand B&B in New Plymouth Taranaki.

Puke Ariki

Puke Ariki is a world-class knowledge center where library, museum and visitor information are combined to tell the stories of Taranaki - past, present and future.

Premier contemporary art

Don't miss this one!

Len Lye: All Souls Carnival

Date: Sat 10 Sep 11 - Sun 27 Nov 11
Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm every day
Venue: Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Including Trilogy and Universe in a dazzling, choreographed mix of sound, light and movement, this exhibition is the largest retrospective of Len Lye’s work ever presented at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, home to the Len Lye Foundation Collection and Archives for more than 30 years.

Mount Taranaki

Mount Taranaki (or Mount Egmont as it is also known) provides unique recreational and educational opportunities for the region's residents and visitors. The mountain provides excellent climbing (with care and planning), skiing, tramping and photography.

Festival of Lights

festival of lights b&b New Plymouth
This festival is New Plymouth most psychedelically inspired

Garden Festival

  • Garden Festival Bed and Breakfast


  • B&B New Plymouth Puke Ariki
  • Culture, as expressed by the locals


  • Taranaki bed and breakfast art
  • New Plymouth Art Gallery.  About as cool as they come!


Mt Egmont
Mount Taranaki.  Awe inspiring...


  • black swans