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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

Q: Should I book a car while on vacation in Taranaki?

A: If most of your time will be spent in the busy cities of New Plymouth or Hawera, it might be a good idea to use ride-share services or public transportation. But if you're in the mood to go on a road trip around the region of New Zealand or elsewhere, you may like to book a rental vehicle beforehand. If you're after Cheap Car Hire in Taranaki, we can point you in the right direction.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a vacation to Taranaki?

A: Zip up your suitcase and check in to one of the fantastic private vacation homes. They're among the most common hotel types. Motels, hotels and bed & breakfasts are also popular here.

Q: What does a vacation booking with Expedia include?

A: Wheels, flights and somewhere to rest up at night — we've got you covered. All you've got to do is work out what combination of these is best for you. With Expedia, you can plan your trip just the way you like it, with tons of experiences and attractions on offer as well.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my vacation to Taranaki?

A: You'll bag a seriously good deal if you bundle your Flights, Hotels and Experiences. It's straightforward (and cheap) to put together your own vacation package with a little help from Expedia. It's time to turn those travel daydreams into reality and experience more of this remarkable planet for less.

Q: What are the best things to do in Taranaki?

A: If you're going to be spending time in New Plymouth, there's a wealth of sights to see. Kick-start things by paying a visit to Lake Mangamahoe and Te Rewa Rewa Bridge. East End Reserve is also worth a linger.



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The Devon Hotel A Heritage Hotel $70
Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020
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The Devon Hotel A Heritage Hotel

The Devon Hotel A Heritage Hotel

390 Devon Street East, New Plymouth
     
    4.4 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    I have been here for over 15yrs and it’s been upgraded since and looks beautiful - lovely art work throughout. Loved the room, very modern and comfortable. I will be staying again next time I stay in New Plymouth. Feb 2020.

    Copthorne Hotel Grand Central New Plymouth $71
    Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020
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    Copthorne Hotel Grand Central New Plymouth

    Copthorne Hotel Grand Central New Plymouth

    42 Powderham Street, New Plymouth
       
      4.2 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Difficult to access door entry due to programming issues of electronic key but staff very friendly and helpful and very comfortable bed and room

      Auto Lodge Motor Inn $65
      Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020
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      Auto Lodge Motor Inn

      Auto Lodge Motor Inn

      393 Devon Street East, New Plymouth
         
        4.1 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Location is good, easy to get to everywhere you’d want. Hotel section was a bit tired and worn but no real issues. Staff were all friendly and helpful.

        Plymouth International $49
        Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020
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        Plymouth International

        Plymouth International

        220 Courtenay Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki
           
          4.4 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Hotel had a nice pool and hot tub. Room was quite dated.

          Novotel New Plymouth Hobson $96
          Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020
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          Novotel New Plymouth Hobson

          Novotel New Plymouth Hobson

          Cnr Of Hobson And Leach Streets, New Plymouth
             
            4.5 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The gym is too small. The food is over priced for the portions.

            Millennium Hotel New Plymouth, Waterfront $99
            Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020
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            Millennium Hotel New Plymouth, Waterfront

            Millennium Hotel New Plymouth, Waterfront

            1 Egmont Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki
               
              4.6 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The Staff are always super friendly and really know their jobs.

              Beach Street Motel Apartments $101
              Reviewed on Mar 28, 2019
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              Beach Street Motel Apartments

              Beach Street Motel Apartments

              25 Beach Street, New Plymouth
                 
                4.6 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Great place to stay. Close to the beach, close to the coastal walk/cycle way. Very helpful staff. Mo is a good man to deal with

                Quest New Plymouth $75
                Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020
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                Quest New Plymouth

                Quest New Plymouth

                21 Currie Street, New Plymouth
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Great central location with easy access to places of interest.

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