As the sun sets over the picturesque city of New Plymouth and the switch is flicked, an enchanting transformation takes place for The Taranaki Festival Of Lights. The annual six-week extravaganza attracts thousands of tourists each summer from far and wide. During this magical event Pukekura Park is bathed in a kaleidoscope of colours, creating an otherworldly atmosphere. Together with the innovative, immersive light and sound installations, there are also around 90 free entertainment events performed in the evenings by local, national and international musical talent, on the various stages within the park. From humble beginnings in 1953 when the Pukekura Park fountain, with its sequence of water and lighting effects, was installed to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, there are now 3km of lighting trails traversing the grounds.  

For festival goers, there is no better way to start or end your evening than a visit to Mike’s Bistro. Mike’s is situated within comfortable walking distance from this mesmerizing light and sound spectacle.  Mike’s is a culinary haven that beckons visitors on a gastronomic journey like no other. Whether you are looking for a delightful pre-festival meal or a post-festival feast, Mike’s has you covered. As the last rays of daylight cast a warm pink and golden glow over the park, Mike’s Bistro provides the ideal setting to soak in the prelude to the luminous spectacle that awaits you. You can relax and whittle the time away while sampling some of the many beverages they have on offer. Mike’s boasts an extensive craft beer selection. Wine lovers are well catered for with a list of local and imported wines, and for the more adventurous, there is an exciting cocktail menu. 

Mike’s Bistro’s commitment to quality and their passion for food shine through in every dish, from hearty dinners to delightful brunches and casual lunches there is something for every palate and appetite. In addition to their exquisite cuisine and beverages Mike’s Bistro is a place where the community comes together. It’s not just a restaurant, it is a hub for locals and tourists alike to connect, share stories and create lasting memories. The bistro offers a spacious layout, an inviting atmosphere and wonderful service where families, friends and solo travellers all feel welcome. With Mike’s commitment to offering great value for money, there is no need to break the bank.

As you plan your visit to the TSB Festival Of Lights be sure to include Mike’s Bistro in your itinerary, it’s the ultimate way to elevate your festival experience and create memories in the heart of New Plymouth’s magical twilight. To book a table visit The FOL runs from Saturday 16 December 2023 to Sunday 21 January 2024

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Contact Mike’s Bistro

027 333 0215 

We’re taking a short break before moving to a new location.

Thanks for all the support that we’ve had from the community over the past 5 1/2 years, it’s been one heck of a ride.
Watch this space to see where we’re going to pop up. We’re really sorry for the inconvenience, but hope to be able to make it up to you soon.