In the rhododendron season, New Plymouth’s parks and gardens are beautiful to behold. Or pull on your hiking boots and aim for Mount Taranaki.

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The city of New Plymouth is known for its sunny climate, art galleries and beautiful parks. It is also New Zealand’s ‘oil town’, with offshore rigs extracting natural gas and oil. Mount Taranaki provides a dramatic backdrop to the city, while reminding you that the hiking trails of Egmont National Park are just a short drive away.

Down at the New Plymouth waterfront you’ll find Puke Ariki, a wonderful museum and heritage centre. At any time of the year, Pukekura Park is a place to relax and enjoy nature;  it has a children’s zoo and bush walks. You may also like to stroll along the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, a 10km promenade with stunning views. Expect good shopping and an appetising selection of restaurants.

Functional facts: Approx. population 68,900, i-SITE Visitor Centre, domestic airport.