NPDC rolls out scooters to boost access to iconic Pukekura Park

31 January 2019

If you’re not up to a stroll, you can now go for a roll through the world-class scenery at NPDC’s Pukekura Park.

Four new mobility scooters will be available for free from Friday (1 February) for visitors who can’t walk through the park, which won the prestigious international Green Flag award (the international mark of a quality park or green space) for the sixth year running last year.

“Pukekura Park is the jewel in the crown of the New Plymouth District and is perfect for a leisurely spin, opening it up to even more people,” said NPDC External Relations Manager Jacqueline Baker.

While NPDC owns the electric scooters, the Taranaki Disabilities Information Centre Trust (TDICT) will run the service.  Anyone wanting to book a scooter in advance can do so by contacting NPDC by phone (06-759 6060) or email (enquiries@npdc.govt.nz).

Users will need to provide personal ID to hire a scooter and sign a declaration that they’re competent to drive on them.  The service will be reviewed after three months. 

Pukekura Park, created in 1876, includes the TSB Bowl of Brooklands and the popular Brooklands Zoo, and is host to high-profile events such as WOMAD and the annual TSB Festival of Lights, as well as concerts by international stars.  

In the last year, the park has seen the development of the area outside the Tea House and the lookout over the Main Lake, as well as new shade sails in the playground and renovation of the fountain in the Fountain Lake.

NPDC manages some 1,600 hectares of parks and open spaces and looks after 82km of walkways including the Coastal Walkway. 

 
Pukekura Park Curator Kristian Davies