Come for the festival or event, and stay to discover a cranking creative scene, epic surf breaks, a dining scene full of flavour, and award-winning local brews.
NZ Tattoo & Art Festival, 25-26 November
The best tattoo event in the Southern Hemisphere is back at the TSB Stadium in New Plymouth, over 250 of the world’s best tattoo artists will be in the Major Major Tattoo Zone to tattoo you, plus live music, Dj’s, freestyle motocross & BMX shows, tattoo comps, bar, food trucks & much more.
Tickets from only $35 per day, Kids 14 & under get in free.
Purchase your ticket by the 1st of October to be in to win 1 of 3 free tattoos* from Elvia Guadian from Grit & Glory in New York, Makkala Rose from Love Craft Atelier in Papamoa, or Rohan from Castle Tattoo in Palmerston North.
*Free tattoo to the value of $1000, T&C’s apply can be found on the festival website.
TSB Festival of Lights, 16 December – 21 January
Experience New Zealand’s leading light festival in New Plymouth’s stunning Pukekura Park, with beautiful light installations, free live entertainment, and events each night between 16 December – 21 January.
Rock the Bowl, 29 December 2023
Taranaki is the place to be this summer to experience an epic line-up of Kiwi and international acts including Aotearoa icons Shapeshifter, Californian ska-punk legends Sublime with Rome, and Australian alternative psychedelic rock band Ocean Alley, plus more, all at the stunning outdoor Bowl of Brooklands.
General public ticket sales start Wednesday 6 September.
Dire Straits Legacy, 3 January 2024
British rock legends, Dire Straits Legacy are headed to the stunning Bowl of Brooklands 3 January 2024.
The sounds of the sultans of swing will be joined by Nazareth and supported by kiwi icons, Hello Sailor with a not-to-be-missed acoustic set.
Americarna, 21 – 24 February 2024
The ultimate celebration of American Car Culture, showcasing classic, vintage, and modern American vehicles.
Each day the Americarna vehicles embark on thrilling convoy cruises around the Maunga before parking up. Experience vibrant displays, live music, and family fun at this unmissable event!
Matchbox Twenty, 2 March 2024
Matchbox Twenty are headed for Taranaki for their only North Island gig and they’ll be joined by the Goo Goo Dolls at the iconic Bowl of Brookland's natural amphitheater.
The tour is in support of their new album “Where The Light Goes”, due out on May 26 and Matchbox Twenty's first new music in 11 years.
WOMAD, 15 March - 17 March 2024
WOMAD New Zealand is back in 2024, celebrating our 21st anniversary... and you're invited to the party!
Eight-time Grammy Award-winning musician and reggae icon ZIGGY MARLEY is confirmed to perform at the 2024 festival!
The festival is a unified theme of world music, arts, and dance bringing sounds, scenery and good vibes together for three epic days from 15-17 March 2024. Held at New Plymouth’s famous Bowl of Brooklands and Brooklands Park, Taranaki; the park grounds transform to host one of the longest-running and best-established cultural festivals on the planet.
Oxfam Trailwalker, 23 – 24 March 2024
Oxfam Trailwalker NZ is back in Taranaki for 2024 for its final ever trek.
This epic endurance challenge takes you and your teammates across some of our stunningly picturesque terrain while raising life-changing funds for Oxfam’s programmes in the pacific.
Choose your distance, from the challenging 100kmtrail, to the popular 50km, and the brand-new 25km trail length.
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