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Taranaki, on the North Island's west coast, is on a peninsula that juts into the Tasman Sea and is half way between Auckland and Wellington. The region includes the city of New Plymouth and the towns of Waitara, Inglewood, Stratford, Eltham and Hawera.


  The most striking natural feature of Taranaki is the near-perfect volcanic cone of Mt Taranaki that dominates the whole region and offers outstanding hiking, climbing, skiing and photography opportunities. From mountain trails, you can see spectacular views of the Egmont National Park spread out below and lush green fields that stretch as far as the eye can see.
New Plymouth and surrounding districts are known for their glorious parks and gardens, particularly the dazzling array of rhododendrons and azaleas on display in spring. Many of the area's magnificent private gardens are open for public viewing year round. It is also a region known for its black sand, rolling surf and sunshine. 
Main attractions & activities

  There are 21 attractive golf courses in the city and region, many in park-like surroundings with ocean views. The rugged backcountry makes for exciting canoeing, horseriding, four-wheel drive adventures and dam dropping. There is a choice of walking tracks on Mt Taranaki. The three-to-five day Round-the-Mountain track is recommended.
The close proximity of the mountain to the sea is one of Taranaki's special features. It takes only 30 minutes to drive from mountain plateau to beach, making it possible to ski and surf in the same day.
Puke Ariki is an interactive library, museum and visitor centre, displaying more than 6000 significant Maori taonga (treasures). The centre looks out to Len Lye's Wind Wand sculpture on the coastal walkway.
Taranaki is vibrant and artistic. The region hosts a wide range of events and festivals throughout the year.
To get there

  New Plymouth's domestic airport receives daily flights from Wellington and Auckland. Alternatively, you can go by National bus. New Plymouth is a 5 hour drive from Taupo or Wellington and a 6 hour drive from Auckland. 


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