Brooklands, Taranaki

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Local authority New Plymouth
North Welbourn
East Highlands Park
South farmland
West Vogeltown
Northwest Vogeltown
The Bowl of Brooklands

Brooklands is a suburb of New Plymouth, in the Taranaki region of the western North Island of New Zealand. It is located on the southern edge of the city and east of Vogeltown.[1] The area is named after Brooklands farm, established in 1842.


A large part of Brooklands is parkland, with Brooklands Park adjoining the New Plymouth racecourse and Pukekura Park. In 1957, its natural amphitheatre and lake were converted into the Bowl of Brooklands, recognised as one of New Zealand's finest outdoor concert venues. The Bowl plays host to many international acts and is the venue for the New Zealand edition of the WOMAD festival.[2]

The park includes a children's zoo, opened in 1965 and operated by the District Council.[3] A former colonial hospital building built in 1847 was moved to the Brooklands estate in 1904. Named "The Gables" it is New Zealand's oldest surviving hospital building, and functions as a gallery for the Taranaki Arts Society.[3]

The world's only Lawn Bowls Museum is located in Brooklands. It was established in 1980 and has more than 8000 exhibits.[4]

New Plymouth's main electricity distribution substation is in the Brooklands area.


Captain Henry King established Brooklands farm in 1842, as a model farm for the New Zealand Company, promoters of the New Plymouth settlement. The farmhouse was razed by fire in 1861 at the end of the First Taranaki War, but its chimney still stands in Brooklands park today.[3] Between 1875 and 1880 there was an attempt to establish a vineyard in part of the Pukekura stream valley, but it was unsuccessful.[3] An area of 53 acres (21.5 hectares) became the property of prominent Taranaki businessman Newton King, and a mansion named Brooklands was built there in the first decade of the 20th century. When King died in 1927, he left the sum of £10,000 to the New Plymouth parks and reserves board. However, due to some failed business ventures prior to his death, the money was unavailable, and in 1934 the trustees of his estate gifted the property to the New Plymouth borough instead. Unable to find a use for the house, it was demolished in 1936.[5] The suburb expanded south to its current limits in the 1950s.


  • St Pius X School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 129[6] St Pius X is a state integrated Catholic school.[7] and has a decile rating of 8.
  • Highlands Intermediate School is a coeducational intermediate (years 7-8) school with a roll of 684. It has a decile rating of 7 and was founded in 1955. Facilities include a hockey turf. The uniform consists of a polo shirt, sweatshirt and then for girls a choice of culottes or a skirt and boys wear shorts.[8]



  1. ^ North Island Provincial Town Maps (5th ed.). Wises Maps. p. 93. 
  2. ^ Sorrel Hoskin (2003-05-12). "One man's dream - the Bowl of Brooklands". Puke Ariki. Archived from the original on 2007-11-11. 
  3. ^ a b c d Virginia Winder (13 Jan 2004). "Pukekura park timeline". Puke Ariki. Archived from the original on 11 November 2007. 
  4. ^ TSB National Bowls Museum -
  5. ^ Virginia Winder (2003-05-12). "Former Glory of Brooklands". Puke Ariki. Archived from the original on 2007-11-11. 
  6. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - St Pius X School, New Plymouth". Ministry of Education. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Education Review Report:St Pius X School". Education Review Office. April 2005. 
  8. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Highlands Intermediate". Ministry of Education. [permanent dead link]

Coordinates: 39°04′S 174°05′E / 39.07°S 174.08°E / -39.07; 174.08