- Posted September 19, 2011 by
New Plymouth, New Zealand
This iReport is part of an assignment:
New Zealand travel tips and secrets
Gardens and Parks : New Zealand Travel Tips and Secrets
"The Festival of Lights is an annual event in New Plymouth New Zealand," When the clock strikes 6 p.m., some areas of the Pukekura park will transform into a wonderful display of lights. The trees and plants will glow, the lake and waterfalls shimmer and the pathways are filled with shining lights."
JherryPhons continues," If you are inside the park, you feel like you are in different world. There are two schedules for the Festival of Lights this year. The first event runs from Saturday 10 September - Friday 30 September 2011 to give chance for the Rugby World Cup fans to have a glimpes of the festival. The next event will be back again for the 2011/12 season with the lights on from Sunday 18 December 2011 to 29 January 2012."
- JLeung1, CNN iReport producer
New Zealand is known for its world class gardens and parks. If you are in this beautiful and peaceful country, it is recommended that you have to spend one or two days in any of these places. One of the best places to visit is the Pukekura Park in New Plymouth. This park established in 1876 and is a popular destination for locals and foreign visitors alike. People often described as the jewel in New Plymouth’s crown, and are one of New Zealand's premier botanical gardens. It contains a range of native and exotic plants.
There are many things that you will learn if you enter this park because of the different landscapes, plant collections, exotic specimen trees, formal gardens, lakes, wildlife and walking trails that can be seen inside the park.
Photo 1: The Lake - Row boats can be hired for rowing on the main lake.
Photos 2 & 3: The Fernery and Display House – this is one the best places inside the park because of their 50,000 collection of plants. Display of different flowers, flowering plants and exotic plants are being housed in this area. Photos 2&3 are just two of the many flowers to see inside the Fernery.
Photo 4: The Mallards – if you feel tired and want to take a little rest, just proceed to the Bowl of Brooklands Amphitheater to feed the ducks.
Photo 5: The Poets Bridge- Opened in 1884 and its colour scheme is based on the famous red lacquer bridge at Nikko, Japan.
Photo 6: The Park at night – The photo is the night scene during Festival of Lights. During the said event, some areas of the park will turn to wonderlands of lights.
Photo 7: The Tui Bird – This beautiful bird can often be heard singing their beautiful melodies long before they are spotted. If you are fortunate to see one, you will recognise them by their distinctive white tuft under their throat, which contrasts dramatically with the metallic blue-green sheen to their underlying black color.
Photo 8: The Brookland Zoo – the park has a collection of wild and domesticated animals. Kids love this place. You can also find the New Zealand’s domesticated pig called Kunekune pig.
Photo 9: The Pukeko – also known as Swamp Hen. While walking around the park, you can find this attractive birds running and flying around. These birds are easily agitated so the chance of seeing them up close is very limited.
Photo 10: The Tea House - Enjoy great food in a fantastic setting. Like Coffee, muffins, ice cream and many more.