New Plymouth is the regional hub of Taranaki. There are art trails, festivals and award-winning museums and galleries and a thriving café culture.
Behind the city, the moody volcanic cone of Mt Taranaki demands to be visited. Mount Taranaki is an ever-present part of the landscape and home to more than 200km of walking and hiking trails, a ski field, cafes and accommodation. A visit to the mountain should be on everyone’s bucket list – to climb to the summit, traverse the Pouakai Crossing, make a snow man in winter, stroll through the Goblin Forest or to ride the natural waterslides at Wilkies Pools on a hot summers day.
There are many more fantastic walks and hikes around the region that will suit all fitness and accessibility levels, from flat boardwalk strolls to bush walks teeming with bird life.
Taranaki also has a glut of black-sand beaches: surfers and holidaymakers swell summer numbers. There’s river rafting, ocean surfing, and winter snow sports in Taranaki, New Zealand. Or experience the thrill of riding down the historic Normanby hydro dam – a locally invented adrenaline rush.