The New Plymouth i-SITE Visitor Centre, Puke Ariki, 65 St. Aubyn St. (tel. 0800/639-759 in NZ, or 06/759-6060; fax 06/759-6073; www.newplymouthnz.com), is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm (Wed until 9pm), and Saturday, Sunday, and holidays from 9am to 5pm (closed Dec 25).
South Taranaki i-SITE Visitor Centre, 55 High St., Hawera (tel. 0800/111-323 in NZ, or 06/278-8599; fax 06/278-6599; www.southtaranaki.com), is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:15pm, and weekends 9:30am to 4pm, December through April (closed Dec 25); and 10am to 3pm May to November.
During October's Taranaki Rhododendron Festival (tel. 0800/746-363; www.rhodo.co.nz), more than 100 private and public gardens open their gates. The TSB Bank Festival of Lights ★★ (tel. 06/759-6060; www.festivaloflights.co.nz) takes place in Pukekura Park, nightly from mid-December through early February, weather permitting. WOMAD (www.womad.co.nz) is a massive 3-day multicultural festival of world music and dance held in March at Brooklands Park. Parihaka (www.parihaka.com) is a 3-day International Peace Festival featuring arts, music, and culture staged on the historic Parihaka Pa in January. Call the visitor center for more events, or check the events calendar on the website.