Taranaki’s top 10 must do experiences. Voted by the Taranaki locals!
- New Plymouth Costal Walkway
At our doorstep: walk, skate or cycle the award-wining 10km New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, from Port Taranaki in the west, past the Wind Wand to the new Te Rewa Rewa Bridge and beyond to Bell Block. Enjoy the spectacular views of New Plymouth’s Coastline.
- Chaddys Charters
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. http://chaddyscharters.co.nz/
- Taranaki Walks
Taranaki provides all different sorts of walks suitable for the whole family. Our award winning Coastal Walkway is right on our door step, this 11km walkway has spectacular views of the New Plymouth coastline. Mt Taranaki offers numerous walks and hikes, there are various distance options to suit your personal requirements. Take a hike up Paritutu Rock and experience amazing views of New Plymouth.
- Pukekura Park
With a diverse range of landscapes; The park features bush walks, formal gardens, a lake with row boats available for hire, a newly renovated children’s playground and a Tea House. Pukekura Park is open to the public 24/7. Fillis Street, New Plymouth
- Puke Ariki
Experience what the first settlers of New Zealand faced and trace back the history of the Maori people in the region. The lower flooris dedicated to children and is full of all sorts of activities which will keep the kids entertained for hours.Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9am – 6pmWednesday: 9am – 9pmSaturday and Sunday: 9am – 5pm1 Ariki Street, New Plymouth. http://pukeariki.com/
- Tawhiti Museum and ‘Traders & Whalers’
Sample Taranaki’s heritage through uniquely realistic and engaging displays, including hundreds of life-size and miniature models, countless artefacts, a working railway and the new ‘Traders & Whalers’ exhibition that has to be experienced to be believed. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, 10am – 4pm. 401 Ohangai Road, Hawera, Taranaki. http://www.tawhitimuseum.co.nz/ http://www.tradersandwhalers.co.nz/
- 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. Dec – early Feb.
- Pukeiti Rhododendron Gardens
This expansive, internationally renowned rhododendron garden nestled in the foothills of Mt Taranaki offers many picturesque garden walks. 2290 Carrington Road, New Plymouth. http://www.gardens.org.nz/taranaki-gardens/pukeiti/
- Pouakai Zoo
From lions to llamas, you’ll encouter an extensive range of exotic wildlife at this family friendly zoo.1306 Carrington Road, New Plymouth.Monday – CLOSEDTuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 10am – 4.30pm. http://www.pouakaizoo.com/
- Len Lye Center
The Len Lye Center is New Zealand’s premier art museum and also home to the collection of modernist filmmaker and kinetic sculptor, Len Lye.Monday – Friday, 7am – 3pmSaturday and Sunday – 8am – 3pm42 Queen Street, New Plymouth. http://www.govettbrewster.com/len-lye/centre