New Plymouth Festival of Lights

Departing 20 Jan 2022

Deal Details

Travel Dates

20-23 January 2022

Sale Ends

Dec 22, 2021

Priced From

$1,380 per person

Trip Information & Inclusions

TSB Festival of lights

Situated in the heart of New Plymouth, the TSB Festival of Lights transforms the beautiful botanic setting of Pukekura Park into a magical illuminated night-time wonderland of multi-coloured lights gleaming amongst the trees, attracting more than 100,000 visitors each year. Other attractions we will visit during our four day stay in New Plymouth is the Tawhiti Museum in Hawera, and the beautiful Pukeiti Garden.

Tour Inclusions
Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - refer to further information available here
3 nights accommodation - twin/double rooms, all with private facilities (single rooms available with surcharge)
Touring in modern air conditioned vehicle
3 breakfasts and 3 dinners included
Admission to Tawhiti Museum
Guided tour of Pukeiti Garden
Visit the Festival of Lights at Pukekura Park


Day 1          Thursday 20 January 2022
Today we travel to New Plymouth travelling State Highway 3 via Te Kuiti.  We travel the Awakino Gorge Road to Mokau and then traverse Mt. Messenger to Uruti.  On arrival into New Plymouth, we will visit the stunning Te Rewa Rewa Bridge for a photo stop, before arriving at our hotel to settle in for the next three nights. New Plymouth is the major city of the Taranaki region. The region is renowned for its consistent surf and black sand beaches and of course Mt Taranaki, which is shaped like a perfect cone with its good walking tracks on the mountain slopes. Dinner tonight will be in the hotel restaurant.
Accommodation: Plymouth International, New Plymouth – 3 nights

Day 2          Friday 21 January 2022
After breakfast this morning we begin our day by travelling south to Stratford. Stratford is located in the heart of Taranaki, and is the gateway to Mt Taranaki / Egmont and Egmont National Park. It is known for its Shakespearean theme and stunning parks and gardens. It is here we view Stratford's glockenspiel which is unique in New Zealand. The glockenspiel plays a scene from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet four times daily (at 10am, 1pm, 3pm and 7pm) with figures made by the curator of the Tawhiti Museum, Nigel Ogle. The glockenspiel performs for approximately 5 minutes, after the hour chimes are finished. After viewing the glockenspiel, we travel to Hawera to visit the Tawhiti Museum – an impressive visual history of South Taranaki. Tawhiti Museum is a truly unique enterprise. The creation of artist Nigel Ogle, its attention to detail is simply stunning. 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.All these displays are designed and built on the premises in the 'Body Shop' and accompanying studio. We then travel back to New Plymouth via Surf Highway 45. We dine in the hotel restaurant tonight.

Day 3          Saturday 22 January 2022
We’ll enjoy a leisurely start to the day as it will be a late night tonight. There will be time in the morning for those who wish to visit the local shops. Puke Ariki is also worthwhile visiting or just enjoy a walk along the coastal boardwalk to admire the windwand sculpture.  We reconvene in the early afternoon to visit Pukeiti Garden. Boasting more than 10,000 rhododendrons and azaleas amongst lush native bush, ferns, mountain streams and a lively bird life, Pukeiti features drifts of primulas, hostas, bluebells and the world renowned vireya collection, to provide year-round interest. Here we will enjoy a guided tour of the garden to learn Pukeiti's stories and secrets and see it through the eyes of a gardener during the one-hour tour. After dinner tonight, we’ll venture out to see the TSB Bank Festival of Lights, where New Plymouth's gem, Pukekura Park will be transformed into a wonderland of lights! Fluorescent pebble paths sparkle beneath excited feet, majestic trees and plants glow, and waterfalls and lakes shimmer and shine beneath thousands of lights.

Day 4          Sunday 23 January 2022
This morning we depart New Plymouth for our return journey following State Highway 3, travelling through lush forest and over Mount Messenger and through the Awakino Gorge. Head inland and pass through the King Country towns of Piopio,Te Kuiti and Otorohanga before passing Waitomo and continuing through to Hamilton

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