The lighting display is switched on each night at 8.30pm and a siren sounds at the Band rotunda at 10.45pm to warn you to vacate the park by 11pm when the lights turn off.
Pukekura Park is just a 10-minute walk from New Plymouth’s CBD. If you are driving you will find plenty of on-street parking surrounding the park. Information about accessibility and limited mobility parking can be found under Festival Accessibility.
Visit host volunteers at Pukekura Park located at the main entrance to Fountain Lake, Band Rotunda or Hatchery Lawn for directions and extra information or check your location on the notice boards.
As we are unable to light up all entrances to the park we encourage you to enter safely via one of the recommended entrances as displayed on the festival map. The map will be available on the festival website from Wednesday 9 December.
The On Stage entertainment programme starts around Boxing Day and runs through until late January. We encourage people to bring low chairs and picnic blankets. If you do need a high-backed chair or have pushchairs or wheelchairs, please keep these to the sides and back of the lawns so as not to obstruct the view of others.
You are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy the entertainment on the stage lawns. The Kiosk will be open each evening selling ice-creams, drinks and hot chips. A coffee cart will be situated on the Hatchery Lawn from Monday 26 December.
Parents and caregivers are reminded that although we take every safety precaution in the organisation of these events, you do need to supervise your children. SUN SAFETY “Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap” – wear your shirt, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses, bring an umbrella and seek the shade at outdoor events during the day.
On Stage wet-weather venues will be confirmed when the 2016/2017 programme is released.
During the On Stage entertainment programme, liquor may be consumed in a responsible manner on the stage lawn where an act is performing. The applies until 11pm on the Hatchery Lawn and Fred Parker Lawn. A park- wide liquor ban is in place for all other areas of Pukekura Park between 7pm and 7am. Failure to comply may result in seizure of liquor and/or arrest and prosecution.
A temporary dog ban is in place on the light trail, Hatchery Lawn and Fred Parker Lawn from 7pm to midnight for the duration of the festival.
Please respect other festival visitors and New Plymouth District Council’s smokefree parks, playgrounds and sports grounds policy by refraining from smoking within Pukekura Park.
Waste Management is helping to keep the festival tidy. Look for the green and blue wheelie bins and make sure you deposit your rubbish into the appropriate bin. If a recycling bin gets tainted with non-recyclable rubbish it all goes to the landfill, so please work with us to help keep our festival and park clean and green.
We want to create a festival that keeps you coming back for more. If you are approached in the park by one of our festival surveyors, please let us know what you have enjoyed and what we could do better.
The festival relies largely on external funding and sponsorship to cover operational costs. To ensure that we can continue to deliver a free-of-charge community festival, we would appreciate donations. Check festival map for donation box locations.
We thank the following organisations for generously investing in this iconic community event.