Taranaki is the centre for a thriving arts and culture industry, boasting world-renowned art galleries, museums, and some of New Zealand's top artists.
Not to be missed is architecturally acclaimed and internationally renowned Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre - New Zealand’s only dedicated contemporary art gallery offers fascinating encounters with works by pioneering kinetic artist Len Lye, as well as other regular contemporary national and international exhibitions.
Make sure to take a few hours to explore the museum galleries at Puke Ariki, New Plymouth's museum, library, heritage hub, and information centre all in one. Aotea Utanganui (Museum of South Taranaki) is a modern, purpose-built museum in Pātea that houses some of the rich geological, art, and social history of Taranaki.
Taranaki is also the home of the World of Music Arts and Dance, or WOMAD, an event that transforms the town every year in March into a kaleidoscope of song, movement, and colour.