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While in New Plymouth ...

There is no shortage of things to see and do in Taranaki

How do you know which experiences, adventures and attractions are at the top of the 'Must Do' list?  Ask the locals. 

The following Top 10 activities were voted for by the locals of New Plymouth with thousands of votes for the things that visitors to the region simply must do.  There are many more fantastic experiences to be discovered in Taranaki - a region like no other.


1. Helicopter Flight over Mt Taranaki

Mt Taranaki stands proudly at the heart of Taranaki, both geographically and spiritually. The best view of this picture-perfect mountain can be seen on board one of the region’s helicopter tours.

Heliview Flights
Precision Helicopters
Beck Helicopters

2. Dawson Falls

Take a 10 minute walk from the Dawson Falls Visitor Centre through lush native forest to this stunning 18 meter high waterfall.

  • Where: Dawson Falls Visitor Centre, Manaia Road, Egmont National Park

3. 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.

  • Where: Pukekura Park, Fillis Street, New Plymouth
  • When: 26 December-30 January
  • Visit the website
  • Contact: 06 759 6060

4. New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

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.

  • Where: Along New Plymouth’s coastline - View more

5. Pukekura Park

Wander through the inner-city botanical wonderland to discover lakes, a zoo, historic tea house, playground and countless short walks, as well as a Fernery and Display Houses and a special Japanese inspired hillside.

  • Where: Pukekura Park, Fillis Street, New Plymouth
  • When: 7.30am-7.00pm and to 8.00pm during daylight savings
  • Contact: 06 759 6060

6. Summer Concerts at TSB Bowl of Brooklands

See why New Plymouth is called the 'Events Capital' by heading along to one of the many world-class concerts, fantastic festivals or local spectacles at this delightful natural outdoor amphitheatre.

  • Where: Brooklands Park Drive, New Plymouth
  • Contact: 06 759 6060


7. Our Favourite Beaches

Round up the family for some beach cricket, swimming, surfing or fish and chips at one of Taranaki's favourite beaches.

  • Where: Back Beach, Centennial Drive; East End Beach, Nobs Line; Fitzroy Beach, Beach Street; Ngamotu Beach, Ocean View Parade; Oakura Beach, Jans Terrace, Oakura; Opunake Beach, Beach Raod, Opunake and Ohawe Beach, Hawera.

East End, Fitzroy and Oakura are the only beaches in New Zealand to be awarded the Blue Flag eco-label for their environmental, education and safety status. Something we are proud of!


8. Puke Ariki

Uncover Taranaki's rich heritage at this innovative information and ideas hub located in the heart of New Plymouth - the world's first integrated museum, visitor centre and library.

  • Where: 1 Ariki Street, New Plymouth
  • When: Weekdays 9am-6pm, Wednesday to 9pm, Weekends and Public Holidays 9am-5pm.
  • Contact: 06 759 6060
  • Visit the website

9. Climb Paritutu Rock

Get a bird's eye view of New Plymouth and its coastline from the top of this distinctive volcanic outcrop.

  • Where: Centennial Drive, New Plymouth

10. Summit Climb up Mt Taranaki

Discover the legend and landscape of iconic Mt Taranaki and encounter a view like no other from the summit. The best option is to join an organised climb or team up with an experienced local guide.

  • Where: Egmont National Park
  • When: Year round if you enjoy ice-climbing, or summer months for a less challenging ascent

Looking for more?  There is a list of 50 activities provided here.

Experience New Plymouth and Taranaki.  Book your New Plymouth Motel accommodation now.

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