Your Visit

Location

The main entrance to Pukekura Park is on Fillis Street, close to the centre of New Plymouth. There are also 22 pedestrian entrances allowing entry from all sides of the park, and three other entrances with car parks on Rogan Street, Victoria Road and Brooklands Park Drive.

Opening hours 

The gates to the main entrance and carpark off Fillis Street are open daily from 7.30am - 7pm and until 8pm during daylight savings.

The Fernery and Display Houses are open daily from 8.30am-4pm except Christmas day.

The Tea House on the Lake is open from 9am - 4pm in winter and until 10pm during the TSB Festival of Lights.

How to get there

Pukekura Park is located in the heart of New Plymouth, within an easy walk of the CBD. There is lots of free parking available on the streets adjacent to the entrances, see our map below to choose the best car park for you. There are also bus services that run past the park regularly.

Accessibility

Car parks: There are eight mobility car parks in and surrounding Pukekura Park:

  • Two in front of Bellringer Pavillion (accessed via Fillis Street).
  • Two in front of the Curator's Office (accessed via Fillis Street).
  • Two at Brooklands Zoo (accessed via Brooklands Park Drive).
  • One at the Rogan Street entrance.
  • One behind the Tea House (accessed via Fillis Street).

Accessible paths: Most areas of Pukekura Park are wheelchair accessible, other than the steep paths and stairs. Accessible routes and toilets are signposted.  

Mobility scooters: Electric mobility scooters are available to use free of charge.

Bookings are essential and can be made by calling NPDC on 06-759 6060 or emailing enquiries@npdc.govt.nz

The service is run by Taranaki Disabilities Centre Trust. You must show staff that you can drive a scooter and sign a declaration to say you're competent. You will also need personal ID such as a Gold Card.

Visitor facilities

Visitor Information brochures and maps are available from the Tea House and the Fernery.

Pukekura Park Tea House on the Lake and Kiosk

We have a changing blackboard menu. Come and enjoy great food in a fantastic setting with family and friends.

Opening hours: 9am-4pm (winter) and 9am-10pm (during the TSB Festival of lights)
Contact: Tea House on the Lake
Phone: 06-758 7205
Email:teahouseonthelake@gmail.com

Row boats on the lake

There are fibreglass boats available for hire. The boats operate daily during the TSB Bank Festival of Lights and on most fine days through-out the year.

Price: $15 per half hour (prices subject to change)

The 9 boats are also available by arrangement for private hire. These are perfect for corporate team building events, school excursions, weddings, birthdays or a fun family day out. Please contact the Tea House for more information.

Rest areas and toilets

Pukekura Park is a popular destination for picnic gatherings with many lawns and gardens to choose from with public toilets nearby. Please check out the Pukekura Park map for rest area and toilet locations.

Guided or self-guided walks

Guided tours are available through Friends of Pukekura Park. Self-guided tours are available by collecting a printed map of the park from the Tea House on the Lake or the Fernery and Display Houses.

Contact: Elise Smith
Phone: 06-753 5443

Friends of Pukekura Park buggy bookings and tours

The Friends of Pukekura Park was formed in 1996 with the aim to see the special nature of Pukekura Park maintained and celebrated as unique. They offer a seven seat golf buggy tour for those that are less mobile. Buggy tours are available by arrangement.

Contact: John
Phone: 06-758 6417

Visitor code

These beautiful gardens are for everyone to enjoy - please don't collect plants or flowers, climb on the trees, or walk on garden beds. There is strictly no fishing. However, we invite you to smell the flowers, hug the trees, talk to the ducks and picnic on the lawns.

Pukekura Park welcomes dogs, but they must be on a lead at all times.  Dogs are not allowed:

  • in the Brooklands' Zoo grounds
  • in the children’s playgrounds 
  • in the park in the evenings during the TSB Festival of Lights.

Please, no bicycle riding, scooter riding, rollerblading, rollerskating, frisbees or ball games. These activities are allowed in the playgrounds only.

We endorse smokefree parks, playgrounds, sportsgrounds and walkways.

Our fish and eels and feathered friends might like to share your lunch or eat leftover bread. However, this can cause them health problems, and uneaten food can affect the water quality and attract pests. Please only feed our animal friends foods that they might find naturally. Wild bird seed is available in many shops and supermarkets and is much healthier than bread and other processed foods.