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.
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
Take a 10 minute walk from the Dawson Falls Visitor Centre through lush native forest to this stunning 18 meter high waterfall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Round up the family for some beach cricket, swimming, surfing or fish and chips at one of Taranaki's favourite beaches.
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!
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.
Get a bird's eye view of New Plymouth and its coastline from the top of this distinctive volcanic outcrop.
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.