Inglewood township is located 16 kilometers southeast of New Plymouth, close to Mount Taranaki. The township boasts a collection of historic buildings – Fern Lodge being one of them. Taranaki has a thriving oil and gas, dairy, engineering and energy industries and growing creative sector including the new Len Lye Centre which is the first museum in New Zealand devoted to a single artist. A visit to Fun Ho! Toy Museum is a must, just around the corner from Fern Lodge Fun Ho! handmade toys date back to 1940.
Inglewood has a population of approximately 3500, and there are loads of local attractions to keep you busy and entertained during your stay. Climb Mount Taranaki, take a bush walk or run around Lake Mangamahoe, walk along the beachfront walkway, cycle many of the local cycle tracks.
Inglewood has produced a good share of All Blacks (John Major, Dave “Trapper” Loveridge, Chris Masoe), and also a leading contemporary artist, Michael Stevenson, who represented New Zealand at the 2003 Venice Biennale.
The National Fun Ho! Toy Museum and Factory makes cast metal toys and is located with the town’s information centre on the main street (Rata Street, corner of Matai Street). Established by Barry Young, it is now operated by Richard Jordan