Every summer Pukekura Park, one of New Zealand's premier botanical gardens, is transformed into a beautiful illuminated night-time wonderland with multi-coloured lights gleaming amongst the trees, attracting more than 100,000 visitors each year.
The festival has live night-time entertainment from national and international performers, a fantastic mix of daytime activities for children and families, twilight movies in the park, amazing lighting features and performance features.
The daytime event's programme for children and families is sponsored by TAG Oil, Vause Well Services and BTW Company and has over 20 events each season.
The night entertainment programme is supported by TSB Community Trust and has over 45 national and international successful acts each season. The On Stage programme starts on Boxing Day and will run through into January 2017.
The outdoor movies in the park, is sponsored by Powerco and is a truly magical experience under the stars.
The much loved community event would not be possible without the wonderful support of our sponsors including our naming rights sponsor TSB Bank, our major community partner TSB Community Trust and all our other funding partners and sponsors. The on-going support we are offered each year is much appreciated.
The judging panel applauded the TSB Bank Festival of Lights work in responding to the needs of disabled people in the community and for providing access to the festival.
The TSB Bank Festival of Lights has been named the most Outstanding Event in New Zealand, which recognises the recreation industry's most innovative and inspiring individuals and organisations.
The TSB Bank Festival of Lights was voted the Best Established Community Event in New Zealand. The award recognises excellence in an event delivered to meet local community needs or provide an enhanced experience.
The TSB Bank Festival of Lights is a much loved community event in New Plymouth and was a proud finalist of the Local Government New Zealand Excellence Awards for 2014.
We thank the following organisations for generously investing in this iconic community event.