Springtime in New Zealand is a fantastic time to get outdoors and enjoy the culture, food and crafts we have to offer. If you’re in New Plymouth in September, put aside some time to enjoy two of Taranaki’s best outdoor events.
Taranaki International Village 2011
The Taranaki International Village is a showcase of the region’s diverse multi-cultural community and its proud Maori heritage. Based on the WOMAD Festival, the International Village is held annually in New Plymouth at the Puke Ariki Landing.
The free event takes place from 9 – 26 September 2011 and features a wide variety of food, arts, crafts and activities. Enjoy a fine selection of tasty treats while you peruse the great selection of stalls, watch performances and traditional ceremonies, and participate in local workshops.
TSB Festival of Lights
Another event not to miss is the TSB Festival of Lights, where New Plymouth’s iconic Pukekura Park is transformed at night into a wonderland of lights, illuminating the park’s paths, trees, lakes and waterfalls with thousands of spectacular sparkling lights. The Festival runs every day 6pm – 9pm from 10 – 30 September 2011 and is also free.
Taranaki is located on the West Coast of the North Island, halfway between Auckland and Wellington. The region features spectacular scenery so a great way of travelling is by scenic drive. Getting there is easy with a cheap rental car from one of our car hire depots:
- Auckland (357km – 4.5 hours)
- Hamilton (231km – 3 hours)
- Taupo (296km – 3.75 hours)
- Palmerston North (234km – 3 hours)
- Wellington (355km – 4.5 hours)
(Approximate distances from Taranaki)
Whether you’re looking for a compact hatchback or a spacious family vehicle, New Zealand Rent A Car has something to suit your budget and requirements.