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Taranaki

Climb a massive conical volcano, explore quaint towns and relax in sprawling parks when visiting this west coast region of New Zealand’s North Island.

Taranaki is a striking mountainous and coastal region, steeped in Māori history. Visit its regional hubs for museums, art galleries, boutique shops and cultural activities and don your hiking shoes to explore its great outdoors. The region contains spectacular natural areas, including an imposing volcano and a large national park.

The region’s hub, New Plymouth, is great for relaxing in landscaped gardens and attending major festivals. Spend a day exploring Pukekura Park, a beautiful public garden with many exotic and indigenous plants. The park also hosts WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance), an annual international arts festival.

Shop for handmade jewellery and souvenirs in the heart of New Plymouth or set off along the Coastal Walkway, a long-distance sea-edge promenade. The city is home to Puke Ariki, a combined museum and library that explores the region’s local culture. Visit Puke Ariki to study Taranaki’s past though many fascinating objects, including intricate Māori carvings.

Drive to Egmont National Park from New Plymouth in just 30 minutes and explore its vast network of walking tracks, including the 3-day Pouakai Circuit. With peaceful waterfalls, eroded rock pools and the striking snow-capped Mount Taranaki, there are a wealth of outdoor activities to discover in this spectacular national park.

Mount Taranaki is a magnificent volcano believed to be approximately 120,000 years old. The volcano has been dormant since the late 19th century and is a popular climb for experienced hikers. Trek the 6.3 kilometres (3.9 miles) to the summit or admire the enormous volcano from many areas in Egmont National Park. Bring suitable hiking equipment and supplies if you wish to attempt the summit track.

Stay in waterfront hotels and self-contained apartments in the city of New Plymouth, which is approximately 360 kilometres (220 miles) south of Auckland. Flights arrive at New Plymouth Airport where you can rent a car or use public transport to explore the region. The smaller Taranaki towns of Hawera, Waitara and Stratford offer accommodation for those looking for a quieter base


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Novotel New Plymouth Hobson

Novotel New Plymouth Hobson

Cnr Of Hobson And Leach Streets, New Plymouth
4.5
of 5, from 114 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of New Plymouth, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Saint Mary's Church, Centre City Shopping Centre, and TSB Stadium. Pukekura Park and Observatory are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$73
Copthorne Hotel Grand Central New Plymouth

Copthorne Hotel Grand Central New Plymouth

42 Powderham Street, New Plymouth
4.2
of 5, from 479 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly New Plymouth hotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of Saint Mary's Church and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Centre City Shopping Centre and Puke Ariki are also within 10 minutes.

$105
Quest New Plymouth

Quest New Plymouth

21 Currie Street, New Plymouth
4.4
of 5, from 290 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of New Plymouth, this luxury apartment is steps from Centre City Shopping Centre and Wind Wand. Puke Ariki and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery are also within 10 minutes.

$91
The Devon Hotel A Heritage Hotel

The Devon Hotel A Heritage Hotel

390 Devon Street East, New Plymouth
4.4
of 5, from 636 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in New Plymouth, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Centre City Shopping Centre, Puke Ariki, and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Wind Wand and Saint Mary's Church are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$102
The Metrotel Motel

The Metrotel Motel

22 Gill Street, New Plymouth
4.9
of 5, from 11 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in New Plymouth, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Centre City Shopping Centre, Wind Wand, and Puke Ariki. Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Saint Mary's Church are also within 10 minutes.

$62
Braemar Motor Inn

Braemar Motor Inn

152 Powderham Street, New Plymouth
3.8
of 5, from 107 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in New Plymouth, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Saint Mary's Church, and Puke Ariki. Observatory and Centre City Shopping Centre are also within 15 minutes.

$108
The Waterfront Hotel New Plymouth

The Waterfront Hotel New Plymouth

1 Egmont Street, New Plymouth
4.7
of 5, from 279 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of New Plymouth, this luxury hotel is steps from Puke Ariki and Wind Wand. Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Centre City Shopping Centre are also within 10 minutes.

$88
Quality Hotel Plymouth International

Quality Hotel Plymouth International

Cnr Courtenay And Leach Street, New Plymouth
4.3
of 5, from 285 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of New Plymouth, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Centre City Shopping Centre, Saint Mary's Church, and TSB Stadium. Pukekura Park and Observatory are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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