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Past events held in New Plymouth and Taranaki

WOMAD 2014

Wells New Plymouth Half

Tenix Taranaki Cycle Challenge


Christmas at the Bowl

  • When: Sun 15 December '13
  • Where: TSB Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth
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Power Co Taranaki Garden Spectacular 2012

New Zealand's Premier Spring Festival

NZ Tattoo & Art Festival

In November 2012, New Plymouth will again play host to the New Zealand Tattoo & Art Festival, which has proven to be the biggest and boldest of its kind in New Zealand.



Classic Hits Winery Tour 2013

Fat Freddys Drop, Anika, Boh, Hollie Smith and The Adults all playing at one great summertime venue.


Bikes, Blues & Hot Cars comes to NZ!

3 days and nights of Hot Cars & Bikes, Great music, Food & Beer, Games for the Children, Unique Attractions and Exhibitors



WOMAD 2013


Bumps, Bubs and Beyond Parenting Expo


Lions Club Convention


Taranaki Daily News Home & Lifestyle Expo


TSB Bank Surf Festival

A new-look TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival will return to Taranaki in 2012 and organisers say the changes will triple both spectator and participant numbers.


Oceania Inline Hockey

  • When: Fri 13 - Tue 17 Apr '12
  • Where: Nobs Line, Strandon, New Plymouth
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Golf Open @ Ngamotu Golf Course

  • When: Thur 12 - Sun 15 Apr '12
  • Where: Ngamotu Golf Course


Toyota Optimist National Championships

NZIODA, in conjunction with the New Plymouth Yacht Club are hosting the Toyota Optimist National Championships during Easter 2012.


WOMAD 2012

With artists hailing from 17 countries including Palestine, China, Japan, Ivory Coast, France, Romania and Burundi, WOMAD NZ 2012 is truly an international festival.


Sounds Aotearoa 2012 - NZ Music Expo

Sounds Aotearoa is a two-day music industry event. The main elements are - artist showcases, networking, panels/workshops/forums, and a music industry trade expo.


AmeriCarna Taranaki

Americarna is set to return to Taranaki in 2012 and is promised to be a fantastic event.


Classic Hits Winery Tour : Gin, Mutton Birds, Avalanche City

The sassy and supremely talented Gin Wigmore will headline the 2012 Classic Hits Winery Tour, along with reformed legends The Mutton Birds & talented newcomers, Avalanche City, who round out the three band bill.


Wells New Plymouth Half Ironman

A sensational new half ironman event based at Port Taranaki. The inaugural event this year received rave reviews by officials and competitors. Next years event will double as an age group secondary selection race for the world age group champs in Spain. The event has relay teams and individuals and next year will be capped.

The day also has a half marathon and 10km walk and run along New Plymouth's world-class seaside walkway.


WinchFest, New Plymouth

  • When: Sat 28 Jan '12 – 29 Jan '12
  • Where: Surrey Hill Road, Oakura, New Plymouth
  • Visit the website

WinchFest, a unique Action Sports Music Festival proudly supported by The Edge. The venue is located 5mins off Taranaki's Surf Highway 45 and will play host to NZ's top wakeboarders who are invited to come throw it down on NZ's newest winch park and get their hands on some of the cash & prizes up for grabs valued over $3000!


Contact TriWoman Series

  • When: Sun 29 Jan ’12, 8:00am–12:00pm
  • Where: Ocean View Reserve, Ocean View Parade, Moturoa, New Plymouth
  • Visit the website

The Contact TriWoman Series is for all women, whether that’s taking part in your first triathlon or taking on the challenge year on year. We’re all about the taking part, not the winning, the fun, not the competition and women across the country take part to achieve all sorts of goals, whether that’s getting fit, building your confidence or taking some time out from daily life and joining in on the fun! Enter as an individual, a mother and daughter team, take part with your workmates.

Do a duathlon instead. However you do it, you’ll be a TriWoman by the end of the summer! There are 10 events countrywide, check out to find an event near you.


Yarrows Taranaki Cycle Challenge

  • When: Sat 28 Jan ’12, 8:00am–6:00pm
  • Where: TSB Stadium, Mason Dr, New Plymouth
  • Website: Visit the website

Part of Bike NZ's summer series of events. One of New Zealand's best recreational rides. Solo 148km, 2 person relay 74km, and 6 person 165km. Non-power camping sites available, and access to onsite toilets/showers and kitchen. All finishers get food and drink voucher, live band leading up to prizegiving, great atmosphere and great prizes. Kids' mountain bike races after start of main event.


TSB Bank Festival of Lights

  • When: Sun 18 December '11 to 29 Jan '12.
  • Where: Pukekura Park
  • Website: Visit the website

New Plymouth's gem, Pukekura Park, is 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.


Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular

  • When: Fri 28 Oct '11 - Sun 6 Nov
  • Where: Throughout Taranaki


Taranaki Boat Show 2011 - postponed

  • When:  Sat 29 Oct '11 - Sun 30 Oct '11
  • Where: TSB Stadium, New Plymouth


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