New Plymouth Event Venues is home to four large venues in New Plymouth, Taranaki.
Taranaki is a fantastic place to work, live and play with a full calendar of events, dynamic surf, masses of parks and gardens, popular walkways, iconic Mount Taranaki and top quality restaurants and cafes. No wonder it’s been judged as the best place to live in New Zealand (North & South Magazine), the best small city in the world (Liveable Communities Awards), and the second best region in the world (Lonely Planet 2017).
Taranaki is home to 107,500 people and is located on the west coast of the North Island, between the main cities of Auckland and Wellington. With strong rural farming, forestry, fishing and oil and gas industries, Taranaki has a very solid economy and the highest GDP per capita in New Zealand. Visitors can enjoy Taranaki’s temperate climate with around eight flights into the region a day and the high sunshine hours and rich rainfall make it a lush and fertile place for outdoor activities.
The TSB Bowl of Brooklands, Yarrow Stadium, TSB Showplace and TSB Stadium roll out a wide range of events including concerts, sport events, conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, conventions, corporate functions, weddings and community events.
The TSB Bowl of Brooklands is a unique venue comprising of an impressive outdoor sound stage and a large grass amphitheater, set against the backdrop of New Plymouth’s Pukekura Park. With a capacity of 15,000, the Bowl is a spectacular venue for summer concerts and when night comes, visitors and performers are spellbound as the lighting on the stage and surrounding trees takes effect. The venue was judged New Zealand’s most atmospheric venue following a survey undertaken by Gemba Group in 2013 and can be hired out for weddings and conferences for up to 350 guests.
The TSB Bowl of Brooklands was built from swamp land in New Plymouth's Pukekura Park. The venue opened in 1956 with the first Festival of Pines, which later included the popular Miss Brooklands contest. In 1997 the Bowl of Brooklands Trust and the New Plymouth District Council began a major upgrade of the venue including realigning the existing seating areas, narrowing the lake to accommodate a larger stage with curved roofing, plus improving the backstage areas, dressing rooms and facilities.
TSB is the naming rights sponsor for TSB Bowl of Brooklands, helping to keep the venue at an international concert standard that attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Awarded the 2016 EVANZ Ticketek large venue of the year and named the third best rugby stadium on earth by New Zealand Rugby World magazine (May 2009), Yarrow Stadium (known as Stadium Taranaki for the Rugby World Cup 2011 and selected major events) is an international-standard sports stadium with a capacity of 24,300 and up to 800 for functions overlooking the main field and Mount Taranaki in the background. Yarrow Stadium also features sports fields and grandstand seating, all just minutes away from the CBD.
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The venue was first developed as a rugby ground in 1931, with the first stadium completed in 1947. A major redevelopment saw two new grandstands added and considerable modernisation in 2002; further enhancements to the venue were completed in 2010 increasing the capacity to around 24,000. The stadium is a personal legacy of the late Noel Yarrow, a pioneering Taranaki baker and businessman, and active philanthropist. Noel was a passionate rugby supporter and the major grandstand overlooking the field's western sideline is a tribute to his support.
The stadium is a personal legacy of the late Noel Yarrow, a pioneering Taranaki baker and businessman, and active philanthropist. Noel was a passionate rugby supporter and the major grandstand overlooking the field's western sideline is a tribute to his support.
Taranaki Rugby Football Union
Taranaki Rugby Football Union (TRFU) is the governing body of Rugby in our strong rugby province of Taranaki and a big contender in the annual ITM Cup series. TRFU is a tenant at Yarrow Stadium, for any rugby enquiries please contact TRFU directly.
Taranaki Regional Council
The Taranaki Regional Council covers maintenance and development costs and the New Plymouth District Council covers operational costs for Yarrow Stadium to make sure the stadium continues to contract large international and local sporting events.
TSB Bank is the naming rights partner for the TSB Bank Stand at Yarrow Stadium which also houses the Legends Lounge corporate space and the Concourse.
TSB Stadium is a multi-purpose events centre located next to Pukekura Raceway and Pukekura Park. With three courts and capacity up to 4,560 TSB Stadium can cater for a diverse range of events with the ability to convert to a commercial event within hours of sports use.
To see more of the venue check out Google See Inside
TSB Stadium has an uninterrupted floor space of 2,200m² and features a Robbins Bio Channel sprung flooring tech-system. The TSB Stadium opened on 4 November 1992 as a multi-purpose community indoor venue, owned by New Plymouth District Council but operated by the TSB Stadium Trust Board. The local community raised money for the construction of the stadium through a 'Pool and Stadium Fund’. In total, $1.9 million was raised. In 2004 New Plymouth District Council took over operational management of the TSB Stadium in line with other New Plymouth venues.
TSB Bank is the naming rights sponsor for TSB Stadium helping maintain the multi-purpose venue for hundreds of community sporting events and larger commercial events.
The iconic TSB Showplace is located in the heart of New Plymouth within close proximity to hotels, cafes, bars, restaurants and the award winning Coastal Walkway. The TSB Showplace is New Plymouth’s main theatre hosting numerous international touring productions, while it also caters for conferences of up to 1,000, intimate dinners for six through to large banquets of 350.
The two main venues at the TSB Showplace include the beautiful TSB Theatre and the Theatre Royal. Exuding theatrical ambience, the pro-arch TSB Theatre is ornately decorated with a capacity of 955, while the Theatre Royal is a multi-purpose performance venue which offers various configurations including tiered or cabaret seating, and flat-floor seating for concerts or dining. The venue also includes numerous other rooms and break-out areas with bar and lounge options.
TSB Showplace is a category A heritage building that was known as Alexandra Hall when built in 1883 by a group of businessmen. It was enlarged in 1904 and sold to the New Plymouth Theatre Company and renamed the Theatre Royal, before it was destroyed by a fire on 21 July, 1916. Following this, the site stood empty for several years. In 1923, the town’s two cinema companies pooled their resources together to establish the New Plymouth Opera House. T.H. Bates, who had been involved in building the nearby Mayfair Theatre, designed the Opera House and it was rebuilt and opened on 25 November, 1925.
By 1969 the venue had once again fallen into disuse. In 1970 it was offered up for sale, with the greatest interest coming from an Auckland man who planned to bulldoze the site and build a supermarket. The New Plymouth Operatic Society stepped in to raise the funds needed to purchase the building and created the New Plymouth Opera House Trust, once again reviving it as a performing arts venue. In 1997, while struggling to sustain the venue as well as produce high quality shows, the New Plymouth Opera House Trust handed management of the theatre to the New Plymouth District Council (NPDC). With support from NPDC and TSB Bank, a refurbished and expanded theatre complex reopened on 6 February, 1999, with the addition of a smaller theatre known as the Theatre Royal, as well as a function room (The Alexandra Room).
The TSB Theatre has hosted hundreds of performances since it first opened in 1883, including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Phantom of the Opera, John Cleese and much more.
TSB Bank is the naming rights sponsor of TSB Showplace, helping maintain the venue for hundreds of performing arts and cultural events, as well as private and commercial functions.