Holidays in Wind Wand

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Be impressed by this kinetic sculpture as it drifts back and forth in the Taranaki wind on New Plymouth’s lovely coastal walkway.

Set against the glorious backdrop of the Tasman Sea, the Wind Wand is a 147-foot (45-meter) high sculpture, consisting of a red fiberglass tube that has a diameter of only 8 inches (20 centimeters), but which can bend up to 65 feet (20 meters) in any direction. At its peak is a sphere that contains 1,296 light-emitting diodes and emits a soft red glow at night. Go for a walk or bike ride along the coastal walkway and stop to admire and photograph the immense and bizarre sculpture.

Designed by internationally renowned New Zealand artist Len Lye, the sculpture was installed in 1999 as part of the city’s millennium development program. Despite facing initial ridicule from the community, the Wind Wand is now an iconic and beloved feature of the city. Make sure to allow time to visit the sculpture, as it is a must-see of any trip to New Plymouth.

Take a seat nearby the sculpture to consider it in more depth. Focus on the dramatic interaction between the artwork and the surrounding scenery. Whether there is a storm brewing or calm weather afoot, the Wind Wand adds a dynamic element to the natural environment. Turn your attention to its physical design. The artist has described earlier wands with these poetic words: “Their weight is so lightly balanced that if a bumble bee stood on the ball at the top they would dip a bit, and the more honey he carried the more it would dip.”

Visit the Govett-Brewster gallery nearby if you feel inspired by the sculpture and want to learn more about its creator. It is a five-minute walk away and contains a permanent exhibition of Len Lye’s works, including other kinetic sculptures.

The best way to see the Wind Wand is while exploring New Plymouth’s coastal walkway, a 12.7-kilometre-long (7.9-mile) promenade that hugs the coastline and stretches the length of the city. Enjoy spectacular views of New Zealand’s dramatic west coast and see other public artworks while walking or cycling along the track.

257 Cheap Hotels Near Wind Wand

The Devon Hotel A Heritage Hotel
The Devon Hotel A Heritage Hotel
4 out of 5
390 Devon Street East, New Plymouth
The price is AU$101 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
Located in Strandon, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of East End Reserve and Fitzroy Beach. Centre City Shopping Centre and Wind Wand are ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (995 reviews)
"Nice place to stay"

Reviewed on 24 Oct. 2021

The Devon Hotel A Heritage Hotel
Plymouth International
Plymouth International
4 out of 5
220 Courtenay Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki
The price is AU$108 per night from 21 Nov. to 21 Nov.
Located in New Plymouth CBD, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of East End Reserve and Fitzroy Beach. Saint Mary's Church and Centre City Shopping ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (637 reviews)
"All good"

Reviewed on 1 Oct. 2021

Plymouth International
Millennium Hotel New Plymouth, Waterfront
Millennium Hotel New Plymouth, Waterfront
4 out of 5
1 Egmont Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki
The price is AU$181 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
Offering direct access to the beach, this New Plymouth CBD hotel is in the city centre, steps away from Puke Ariki and Wind Wand. Observatory and Pukekura Park ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (650 reviews)
"Great location on the waterfront. Fantastic restaurant service and staff were good."

Reviewed on 22 Sep. 2021

Millennium Hotel New Plymouth, Waterfront
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Ariki Backpackers
Ariki Backpackers
3.5 out of 5
25 Ariki Street, New Plymouth
The price is AU$71 per night from 6 Nov. to 6 Nov.
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Plymouth International
Plymouth International
4 out of 5
220 Courtenay Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki
The price is AU$108 per night from 21 Nov. to 21 Nov.
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Millennium Hotel New Plymouth, Waterfront
Millennium Hotel New Plymouth, Waterfront
4 out of 5
1 Egmont Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki
The price is AU$181 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
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The Devon Hotel A Heritage Hotel
The Devon Hotel A Heritage Hotel
4 out of 5
390 Devon Street East, New Plymouth
The price is AU$101 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
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Quest New Plymouth
Quest New Plymouth
4.5 out of 5
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The price is AU$130 per night from 21 Nov. to 21 Nov.
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King and Queen Hotel Suites
King and Queen Hotel Suites
4 out of 5
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The price is AU$223 per night from 12 Nov. to 12 Nov.
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Distinction New Plymouth Hotel & Conference Centre
Distinction New Plymouth Hotel & Conference Centre
3.5 out of 5
42 Powderham Street, New Plymouth
The price is AU$127 per night from 9 Nov. to 9 Nov.
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Brougham Heights Motel
Brougham Heights Motel
4.5 out of 5
54 Brougham Street, New Plymouth
The price is AU$156 per night from 28 Oct. to 28 Oct.
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Bella Vista Motel New Plymouth
Bella Vista Motel New Plymouth
4 out of 5
32 Queen Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki
The price is AU$149 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
Bella Vista Motel New Plymouth
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