Top Five Spots to Visit in New Plymouth
The top destinations you must visit on your next stop in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
1. Stay at King and Queen Hotel & Suites
Unlimited wifi (a blogger essential), personalised pillow cases and handcrafted macarons delivered to your door. It isn't a surprise that King and Queen is New Plymouth's luxury accommodation of choice. All wrapped up in a chic interior, paired with suburban views and a modern architectural design, this is your home away from home.
Spacious and plush with dotted interiors imported especially from Morocco, our room was equipped with all the necessities to move in permanently, which we quite easily would do. Small touches and finishes are what make the King and Queen experience, from helpful staff to a personalised welcome note and the walls, decorated with local art.
Complimentary access to CityFitness is not only convenient, it's need. Charge-back dining options include Ms Whites Pizza, Snug Lounge and Social Kitchen. If dining out isn't your thing - you can order straight to your room. It's clear to see why King and Queen is the ultimate choice of accommodation when it comes to staying in New Plymouth.
2. Drink at Ozone Coffee Roasters
Welcome caffeine addicts, to your home away from home. Tucked behind King & Queen, you can practically breeze from your room to your daily espresso hit in seconds. Laze in the sun, paper in hand and coffee in the other, or test your caffeine skills by booking yourself in for a barista lesson. Ozone offer one on one lessons for those looking to polish up on their frothing skills or those wanting to learn for the first time. Sweet and savoury cabinet bites are on offer, although we recommend heading to Social Kitchen instead for a doughnut, or two. Coffee rating: 5/5
3. Adventure at Pukekura Park
If you’re like me, wandering around a random park, although relaxing, seems tedious. When a friend suggested we visit Pukekura park, we were hesitant but quickly found ourselves lost in this Taranaki gem. Grab yourself a coffee from Ozone and head over to the park, entering at the Fillis Street entrance. If you’re visiting in summer rent a rowboat and head out on to the lake - get those Insta-worthy snaps and have your own cringe Notebook moment (minus the dramatic rain).
4. Eat at Snug Lounge
If Asian fusion is your thing, then don’t go past New Plymouth’s evening hot spot, Snug Lounge. Offering an intimate dining experience at their ‘red room’ or a social environment in their shared court yard; the service is friendly and the drinks flow. Starting with espresso martinis and Aperol spritz, we moved to Japanese beer, paired with Snug’s infamous pork belly baos, chicken dumplings and squid.
Tasty and reasonably-priced, Snug’s menu is an easy choice - there’s no fuss, just wholesome, delicious Asian food. If Japanese isn’t your thing, New Plymouth’s Westend Precinct has an array of hospitality. Although separate businesses within the precinct, they work together as friends, meaning you can have your pizza and eat it too. So that’s what we did, finishing our evening with Ms White’s margarita pizza, after being informed by Snug’s maître D that is was a must-try.
Whether you’re a museum feen or you simply like to seem cultured, the Govett-Brewster is a sight from the streets. Inside the waving, reflective walls of the Len Lye, towering pillars pay tribute to the late artist and his dying wish that a temple-like structure be built in his name. Paying homage to his wish, the Len Lye Centre was erected in 2015.
The Lyn Lye Centre and Govett-Brewster prides itself on being an open art gallery. It welcomes locals through to international visitors, offering weekend art classes for children and hosts regular screenings of films. I was disappointed to have just missed the upcoming exhibition by Los Angeles fashion photographer, Michael Zavros, although the variations of Lye’s work held my attention nonetheless. From kinetic moving pieces to his famous film Tusalava. Book a tour guide for a truly insightful experience into the world of Len Lye.