Pukekura Park

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Pukekura Park
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The main lake at Pukekura, with Poet's Bridge and Mount Taranaki in the background
Ground information
Location10 Fillis Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki
Coordinates-39.0624104, 174.0785908
End names
South Terrace End
North City End
International information
Only ODI23 February 1992:
 Sri Lanka v  Zimbabwe
As of 8 January 2016
Source: ESPNcricinfo

Pukekura Park is a Garden of National Significance,[1] covering 52ha near the heart of New Plymouth, Taranaki in New Zealand.

History[edit]

The park contains a diverse range of native and exotic plants. Various easy walking trails cross the park and meander along the lake sides, taking in the features of the park. Among these are the picturesque Poet's Bridge,[2] which was opened on 11 March 1884.[3] There is also a man-made cascading waterfall and a fountain in the aptly named Fountain Lake. Row boats can be hired for rowing on the main lake.

Sports and music[edit]

Pukekura Park is a popular events venue, with a cricket oval where Central Districts, a competitor in the top levels of New Zealand domestic cricket, play some home matches. The ground has hosted a single international match - a one day game between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in the 1992 Cricket World Cup. On the outskirts of the park is New Plymouth Raceway, a horse racing course. Between the racetrack and the park is TSB Stadium, a 4,500 seat multi-purpose indoor stadium which is home to the Taranaki Mountainairs basketball team of the New Zealand NBL.

The park also contains the Bowl of Brooklands amphitheatre, which commonly hosts music events. The annual WOMAD festival is held at Pukekura Park.[4]

Serenity[edit]

Pukekura Park is also home to the popular Tea House on the Lake, which has been situated on the main lake since the 1930s.[5]

Pukekura Park is the venue for the annual Festival of Lights, which runs for free every year from mid-December to early February. It has daytime and night time programmes of events for people of all ages, and the festival itself transforms the park into an illuminated wonderland every evening.[6]

In 2007, Pukekura was winner of the 'Mayfair' spot in a nationwide competition for places on Hasbro's New Zealand edition of monopoly.[7]

International Centuries[edit]

Only a single ODI century has been achieved at the ground.[8]

No. Score Player Team Balls Inns. Opposing team Date Result
1 115* Andy Flower  Zimbabwe 152 1  Sri Lanka 23 February 1992 Lost

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pukekura Park & Brooklands". New Zealand Gardens Trust.
  2. ^ "Poet's Bridge". Puke Ariki.
  3. ^ "Pukekura Park History". New Plymouth District Council.
  4. ^ "WOMAD New Zealand". WOMAD.
  5. ^ "Tea House". Wisteria Fudge.
  6. ^ Lee, Hannah (7 January 2016). "Pukekura Park 'buzzing' with huge crowds attending Festival of Lights". Taranaki Daily News.
  7. ^ Lee, Hannah (8 April 2016). "Another five-star rating for New Plymouth's Pukekura Park". Taranaki Daily News.
  8. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / One-Day Internationals / Batting records". Retrieved 26 December 2016.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°3′52″S 174°4′46″E / 39.06444°S 174.07944°E / -39.06444; 174.07944