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
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.
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.