The impressive botanical gardens around the world (P.37) - Pukekura Park: The gemstone of New Zealand's natural landscape


( Often described as the jewel in New Plymouth's crown, Pukekura Park covers 52ha (128 acres) right in the heart of the city and is one of New Zealand's premier botanical gardens.

The park has an international Green Flag award and is a Garden of National Significance.

This botanical wonder was first opened in 1876. Once swampland, the 52 hectare park is both a garden and a public recreation ground.

The park includes two lakes (one of which has wooden rowboats for hire) a children's playground, cricket ground, fernery and display houses, kiosk, fountain and waterfall, historic band rotunda and an entertainment venue - the Bowl of Brooklands.

National and international acts regularly perform at the Bowl of Brooklands, a natural amphitheatre positioned at the edge of a lake. At night audiences are treated to an amazing light show, because the water of the lake reflects whatever is happening on stage. Next to the Bowl are beautiful English-style gardens and a children's zoo.

Every summer Pukekura Park hosts the spectacular Festival of Lights. From December to February, hundreds of lighting displays turn the park into a huge, illuminated fantasyland.

The park contains a diverse range of native and exotic plants. Various easy walking trails cross the park and meander along the lakesides, taking in the features of the park. Among these are the picturesque Poet's Bridge, which was opened on 11 March 1884. There is also a man-made cascading waterfall and a fountain in the aptly named Fountain Lake.

Pukekura Park is also home to the popular Tea House on the Lake, which has been situated on the main lake since the 1930s.

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