The Dawson Motel was opened January 2011. We offer affordable luxury accommodation for both Corporate and Leisure travellers to New Plymouth. On the corner of Dawson and Young Streets, in the heart of New Plymouth’s CBD, our very reasonably priced accommodation is in the perfect place!
We’re conveniently close to the city’s most gorgeous scenery and iconic attractions, including our award winning museum, Puke Ariki, and 52 hectare botanical wonder, Pukekura Park. Just a short walk away, you’ll find The Len Lye Centre – a superb collection of works by world renowned New Zealand filmmaker and multi-talented artist, Len Lye - that promises to inspire.
Our unique position in the CBD means we are only 10 minutes from Yarrows Stadium for rugby games, handy to local Golf Courses, a short walk to the Southern Cross Hospital and the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre.
Using our courtesy bikes, explore the beaches and spectacular views on our award winning Taranaki Coastal Walkway – a 12.7km scenic pathway along the sea edge. There, you’ll discover the magnificent Te Rewa Rewa Bridge and one of the city’s most prominent artworks - Len Lye’s 45 metre high kinetic sculpture, the Wind Wand.
Enjoy your Taranaki holiday in luxury with all the comforts of home.
28 October - 6 November 2016
This year, the 2016 Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular features 45 diverse and inspiring gardens, 12 gardens of significance, 10 new gardens and more than a dozen exciting events. Of the 45 gardens, 40 are private gardens open exclusively for the duration of the festival.
The festival also includes a mixture of free and paid events, including house and garden tours, celebrity chef demonstrations, guided walks, workshops and a diverse garden speaker series.
26-27 November 2016 (Saturday & Sunday)
"Australasia’s largest tattoo event is back bigger & better than ever."
The New Zealand Tattoo & Art Festival hits New Plymouth for the 6th time on the 26 & 27 of November at the TSB Stadium.
Featuring over 250 of the worlds best tattoo artists including Tommy Helm from reality TV show Tattooo Nightmares, NY Ink star Megan Massacre, Jesse Smith from Ink Master, LA ink Star Dan Smith & Best ink winner Teresa Sharpe.
The 2016 entertainment line up is stacked, featuring live music from Aussie rocker Ash Grunwald & punk band Bleeders, live performances from world famous sword swallower Lucky hell, Swedish fire dancer Elegy Ellem, FMX star Levi Sherwoood & BMX displays from Nitro Circus stars Jed Mildon, Gavin Godfrey & Kurtis Downs, mini ramp skate comp, retail stalls, kids zone, international food village & much more"
The Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth is for experimental film and kinetic art. It houses the collection and archive of Len Lye, one of the most original artists of the twentieth century. Pioneer filmmaker, sculptor, painter and poet, his work gives a view into Modernism.
For further information click here to view.
The award winning Te Rewa Rewa bridge is a pedestrian and cycle way. It is a popular landmark and is the northern part of the Coastal Walkway which connects the New Plymouth end with the Bell Block part of the walkway.
In 2011 it was awarded the Roading New Zealand Supreme Award in Roading Excellence.