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Pukekura Park is an award winning botanic gardens in New Plymouth, Taranaki. Covering around 52ha, the park consists of native trees and ferns as well as exotic trees, plants & flowers. There are also a number of lakes and waterfalls with walking trails throughout the park.
In the heart of the park is 'Tea House On The Lake' where you can order a tea or coffee as well as a meal. The Tea House building itself dates back to the 1930s. The venue even caters for weddings and parties with the park being a popular place to wedding photos. Takeaway icecream is popular on warmer days.
A large indoor fernery has ferns and colourful indoor plants & flowers including: begonias, fuchsias, and orchids. The building has three glass-topped areas embedded into the hillside. This creates the perfect environment for the many temperate indoor and outdoor plants both native and exotic.
Surrounding the park are a number of sporting parks and venues as well as the Brooklands Zoo. The zoo is free and great for families. Housed here are a variety of animals including domestic farmyard animals, reptiles and amphibians, meerkats, monkeys, tamarins, otters, and a host of birds.