As the road heads west from Whanganui, keep an eye out for small museums and quirky art shops. The rural centre of Hawera is home to New Zealand’s largest milk factory and an interactive dairy farming attraction.
From Hawera, you can take one of two routes, follow the coast and have a beach view all the way or take the inland route via Stratford and enjoy the green serenity of farmland. Either way, the dramatic volcanic cone of Taranaki Maunga will dominate the landscape for much of your journey.
Beautiful parks and gardens decorate the city of New Plymouth, which is a hub for art and culture. Be sure to check out Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Puke Ariki.