GLOCKENSPIEL @ STRATFORD
At the small town of Stratford located near New Plymouth is an unusual Town clock.
It is called a GLOCKENSPIEL, also known as orchestra bells, is a musical instrument in the percussion family. It was completed in 1999 to commemorate 100 years since the formation of the original Stratford Borough.
The glockenspiel plays a scene from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet ............
four times daily (at 10am, 1pm, 3pm, 7pm)
with life sized figures of Romeo and Juliet, which re-enact the balcony scene several times a day. The figures are much larger than most figurines in European Glockspiels. The Glockenspiel is also unusual in that it delivers spoken-words in addition to the customary music.
The glockenspiel performs for approximately 5 minutes, after the hour chimes are finished.
The Stratford Glockenspeil is the only Glockenspeil in New Zealand
The town of Stratford was named of Stratford on Avon in England, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, so they have named 67 streets after Shakespearian characters from 27 of his plays.
If you can, try and be there when it chimes!
Dawson Falls is a nice waterfall located on the slopes of Mt. Taranaki, in Egmont National Park.
The drive here was really nice, passing through lots of forest. We stopped at the Visitor's centre and had a look at the information and displays, one of them the old Syme Hut, has been rebuilt here. This area is also the starting area for many day walks and overnighters.
Dawson Falls sits at the top end of Manaia Road 14 km from Kaponga. The drive to the roadend is through scenic native forest. Kaponga is an easy drive west of Stratford and Eltham.
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
The Clock Tower was tall and imposing and you could climb up the inside of the Tower.
NOW, for some unknown reason, you can't do this, still go and have a look at it though!
There is an old Hotel located nearby.
Pukekura Park is a large park of 128 acres located in the heart of New Plymouth city. It was a very nice park to walk around seeing different plants, some nice formal gardens and a lake with some very hungry Ducks! Lucky we had some stale bread to feed them, I had a great time doing this!
DO NOT MISS THE FERNERY & DISPLAY HOUSES
I read that there is a collection of over 50,000 plants at this park, plenty to look at!
Pukekura Park's Fernery consists of three glass-topped caverns excavated into a hillside. Being below normal ground level, they create a temperate environment suited to display a wide variety of indoor and outdoor plants from around the world. Not only are there Ferns, but most beautiful tuberous Begonia's, these are stunning! Orchids, Perennials, Bulbs, Rhododendrons, succulents and much more are on display.
Access....... the Fernery and Display Houses from the Horton Walk Entrance or Fred Parker Lawn in Pukekura Park.
The Fernery is open from 8.30 - 4pm daily
ADMISSION IS FREE
Pukekura Park is also the backdrop for the annual TSB Bank Festival of Lights - a spectacular event held from mid-December to early February, incase anybody is interested.
Location..............The main gate is at Fillis St
There are 22 pedestrian entrances allowing entry from all sides of the park, including car access from Gover Street, Victoria Road and Fillis Street.
7.30am–7.00pm and until 8.00pm during daylight savings.
- Hiking and Walking
There is nothing quite like spending a good half an hour staring at some monkeys who are staring at you, it's a surreal experience that everyone should have!!
- Budget Travel