Ranked second in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel for 2017, Taranaki is New Zealand’s rising star. Check out these 8 regional highlights.
Hone your adventurous spirit on the Pouakai Crossing, which traverses the slopes of Mt Taranaki. This one-day walk is one of New Zealand's newest hiking trails and comes complete with primeval swamps, tussock highlands, volcanic features and stunning starscapes. Picture by @laurie_winter on Instagram.
Bring your imagination to the North Taranaki coastline in search of the large elephant found on the beach - he's made of solid rock from trunk to tail. Picture by @logan_dodds on Instagram.
Some think it looks like a breaking wave, and others a whale skeleton. Regardless of how you view it, this cycleway and pedestrian bridge is another great spot to visit in Taranaki. Picture by @elisabeth.oc on Instagram.
The Taranaki region is a bush walkers paradise. Stroll through scenic gardens, along coastal walkways or hike through the forest in Egmont National Park. With more than 300 kilometres of walking track available, you'll be spoilt for choice. Find out more here. Picture by @th_royer on Instagram.
Taranaki's hemispherical coastline collects ocean swells from all angles. You can be almost certain that the surf will be pumping somewhere between New Plymouth and Hawera, year-round. Learning to surf in the Taranaki region is a must-do New Zealand experience. Picture by @kiwivraverra on Instagram.