From the mountain to beautiful beaches, Taranaki is a spectacular destination, but there’s much more to discover beyond its good looks. Make sure you tick Taranaki’s Top 10 Must Do experiences for your bucket list.
Taranaki’s Top 10 Must Do – ONE
Walk, skate or cycle the award-wining New Plymouth Coastal Walkway. From Port Taranaki in the west, past the Wind Wand to the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge and beyond to Bell Block, you can enjoy the spectacular views of New Plymouth’s coastline.
Taranaki’s Top 10 Must Do – TWO
Join colourful Captain Chaddy aboard a restored English lifeboat for a cruise through the Sugar Loaf Island Marine Reserve. Explore these volcanic remnants and see the northern-most fur seal colony in New Zealand. Bookings essential.
Taranaki’s Top 10 Must Do – THREE
Taranaki has a variety of walks suitable for the whole family. The award winning Coastal Walkway has spectacular views of the New Plymouth coastline. Mt Taranaki offers numerous walks and hikes, with various distance options to suit your personal requirements. Take a hike up Paritutu Rock and experience amazing views of New Plymouth. Whether it’s a stroll or a hike, Taranaki has you covered.
Taranaki’s Top 10 Must Do – FOUR
With a diverse range of landscapes, Pukekura Park features bush walks, formal gardens, a lake with row boats available for hire, a children’s playground and a Tea House. Pukekura Park is open to the public 7 days a week, 356 days a year.
Taranaki’s Top 10 Must Do – FIVE
Experience what the first settlers of New Zealand faced and trace back the history of Maori in the region. The lower floor is dedicated to children and is full of all sorts of activities which will keep the kids entertained for hours. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 am – 6 pm, Wednesday 9 am – 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm.
Taranaki’s Top 10 Must Do – SIX
Tawhiti Museum and Traders & Whalers
Experience Taranaki’s heritage through uniquely realistic and engaging displays, including hundreds of life-size and miniature models, countless artefacts, and a working railway. The Traders & Whalers exhibition that has to be experienced to be believed. Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday 10 am – 4 pm. Tawhiti Museum is located at 401 Ohangai Road, Hawera.
Taranaki’s Top 10 Must Do – SEVEN
TSB Bank Festival Of Lights
New Plymouth’s Pukekura Park is transformed after dark into a wonderland of lights. Explore the many electric events and spectacular lighting displays at this nationally renowned festival. The TSB Festival of Light from from mid December until early February.
Taranaki’s Top 10 Must Do – EIGHT
Pukeiti Rhododendron Gardens
This expansive, internationally renowned rhododendron garden nestled in the foothills of Mt Taranaki offers many picturesque garden walks. Pukeiti is located at 2290 Carrington Road, New Plymouth.
Taranaki’s Top 10 Must Do – NINE
From lions to llamas, you’ll encounter an extensive range of exotic wildlife at this family friendly zoo. Located at 1306 Carrington Road, New Plymouth. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am – 4.30 pm.
Taranaki’s Top 10 Must Do – TEN
New Zealand’s premier art museum, the Len Lye Centre is home to the collection of modernist filmmaker and kinetic sculptor, Len Lye. Open Monday – Friday 7 am – 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8 am – 3 pm.