Set in front of the iconic Mt Taranaki, New Plymouth is a historic town with a cultural focus. With many public sculptures and points of interest, New Plymouth offers something to do for everyone. The beautiful coastal landscapes alone make this a spot for every visitor to stop at.
Wind Wand: Created by NZ local Len Lye, this 45m high sculpture is a must see on the New Plymouth waterfront. Embracing movement and nature, this giant wand is a real contrast to the Taranaki landscape.
Coastal Walkway: The Wind Wand is located on the scenic Coastal Walkway, an award-winning 11km path between the town centre and the ocean. A recent addition to the walkway is the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, which is inspired by a whale skeleton. The “ribs” arch over the bridge from one side to the other. This stretch of path is a must-do walk in the greater Taranaki region.
Pukekura Park: Full of native forest, this park is the “jewel in New Plymouth’s crown”. The idyllic setting is the perfect spot for lunch, a light stroll or exploring the beauty of New Zealand’s flora and fauna. The park is host to many events during the year, like the Festival of Lights, so make sure to check out what’s on offer for your next trip.
Brooklands Zoo: Just a short walk from the city centre is this free-to-enter zoo. Home to many critters, the Brooklands Zoo is a great family friendly activity. Popular favourites include the otters, meerkats and many different types of monkeys.
Govett-Brewster Gallery: One of New Zealand’s best contemporary art galleries, the Govett-Brewster is an integral part of New Plymouth’s culture. Home to Len Lye’s film and sculpture collection, the gallery also has a prominent global and pacific focus. That, along with the iconic exterior architecture, make this gallery a New Plymouth attraction for all visitors to experience.
The coastal walkway is also the perfect place to ride your bike. Its wide, sealed path offers the ultimate scenic afternoon trip. There’s no rush on this route, just take your time and enjoy the area.
Taranaki is known for is surfing, with plenty of secret spots along the coast to ride the waves. The area commonly has bigger waves than any other part of the country, so it’s no wonder it’s a popular surf destination with the locals.
The region also has 20 golf courses within one hour’s drive from each other. Of which, the Ngamotu Links course is regularly rated the best in New Zealand. If you’re into golf, this is the place to be if you’re travelling through the North Island.
Looking for a comfortable bed to rest on after a long day surfing, sightseeing and golfing? The Bella Vista Motel New Plymouth offers a range of 4 star, fully serviced rooms for you and your friends and family. This award winning New Plymouth accommodation is in the heart of the city centre and just minutes from the waterfront.
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