The iconic cone of Mt Taranaki dominates this part of the country, towering over the region’s largest town, New Plymouth. Mt Taranaki is also one of the most accessible mountains in New Zealand, with many hiking options.
A visit to the Taranaki is incredibly rewarding - fancy skiing in the morning and surfing in the afternoon? How about a visit to New Zealand’s leading contemporary art museum followed by a coffee fix in one of New Plymouth’s quirky cafes? If those options don’t get you going, then a road trip along the aptly named Surf Highway 45 or the enchanting Forgotten Highway will surely have you singing the region’s praises.
- Visit the Govett Brewster Art Gallery
- Explore Mt Taranaki
- Wander through the enormous Pukekura Park
- Swim at the black sand Oakura beach
- Wander New Plymouth’s coastal walkway