No region in the North Island has more defined character than Taranaki. Wherever you are, the symmetrical cone of Mount Taranaki gazes down at you.
Seen from the summit the green fertile lowlands below are threaded with roads and dotted with toy-like towns and the coast is rugged and wild. It’s a place where you can go snowboarding in the morning and surfing the same afternoon.
The region offers a huge range of outdoor activities. You can take a gentle stroll through cool native forest or embark on a multi-day hike. There’s river rafting, ocean surfing, and winter snow sports in Taranaki.
If you fancy a little less adventure, walk the New Plymouth coastal walkway and see the Wind Wand, conceived by the pioneering kinetic artist, Len Lye. There are art trails, festivals and award-winning museums and galleries and a thriving café culture. And there are gardens. Walk the parks and gardens in the rhododendron season and they are a beauty to behold.
- New Plymouth airport receives daily flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Regular bus services operate from Auckland and Wellington.
- The region’s i-SITE visitor centres - at Hawera, Stratford and New Plymouth - provide reservation services and up-to-date information.
- The popular themed highway, Surf Highway 45, leads from one great surf beach to the another along Taranaki’s vast coastline.