10 things to do in New Plymouth on Labour Weekend

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Need something to do this Labour Weekend? Don’t worry, NPDC has got covered with heaps on at our facilities throughout New Plymouth district.


  1. Take a stroll on the Coastal Walkway. We know it’s hardly new, but who can resist the pull of that sea sparkling in the sun? Take your kids, your gran, or your mates to enjoy a smooth 13.2km of our beautiful coastline in all its glittering glory.
  2. Hit the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre. You could check out the cool exhibitions Several Degrees of Attention which features interesting pieces from the gallery’s 52-year-old collection; Len Lye: Atomic Power – about the controversial political climate of the 1940; or the major new installation Ko Te Kihikihi Taku Ingoa by Shona Rapira Davies, which is a memorial to the people of Parihaka.
  3. Put a spring in your step at Pukekura Park. This is one of the best times of year to get out in our park. Enjoy the blooming fernery and the heady scent of spring flowers everywhere, heralding the arrival of days where you can swap your rain umbrella for a sun umbrella. Or maybe a hat.
  4. If the sun fails to show its face, get down to Puke Ariki museum to see the latest from Taranaki artist Wharehoka Smith: Nekenekehia Tukua; let the kids drive the boat at Reef Alive; or head to the iSite to find some other great things to do.
  5. Slither on down to Brooklands Zoo for a reptile-themed talk with our zoo keepers, or just hang out with the monkeys or meerkats if they’re more your thing. Talks will be at noon and 2pm all weekend.
  6. Spring clean your life, and drop off any good reusable items at The Junction. While you’re there, browse all the great stuff other people no longer need and try to not take home more than you came with. Unless you really need it.
  7. Head to Puke Ariki or your closest community library and pick out some summer reading. Or spring reading, as it may be. But still. What beats sitting outside with a good book and the sun on your back?
  8. Again, pretend its summer already by catching some cricket and some rays at Lynmouth Park on Sunday where the Expert Turf premier grade is having a rematch of last year’s finals between Marist and Old Boys. Starts at 11am.
  9. Say hola to the Latin America and Spain Film Festival at the Len Lye Cinema. It’s free entry and you’ll get to immerse yourself in the cultures and languages of these far-away places without setting a foot out of town. Check out the schedule at com
  10. Turn on Tina. The Simply the Best Tribute Show isn’t until Wednesday night but it’s never too early to get excited for Tina Turner. The gig’s at the TSB Showplace and tickets are available at Ticketek.


Check out the events calendar at npdc.govt.nz for information on what on across the district.