From world-class surf breaks to a picture-perfect ancestral mountain, Taranaki has so much on offer all year round.
Located halfway between Auckland and Wellington on New Zealand’s west coast, the Taranaki region is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, families, foodies, and those wanting to indulge in arts and culture.
With a beautifully pristine coastline that is home to more than 12 world-class surf breaks (four of them are nationally significant), the symmetrical volcanic cone of ancestral Taranaki Maunga, bloomingly beautiful gardens, endless tracks and trails, rich culture and arts, vibrant events, and decadent dining, Taranaki has something for everyone.
Visit historic sites, discover contemporary art, explore world-recognised parks and gardens, and take a hike through native forest, sample a sumptuous local restaurant dish, or surf and snowboard in the same day.
Walk the 12.7 km New Plymouth Coastal Walkway and stop off at pioneering artistic Len Lye's Wind Wand, treat yourself to an art trail, or one of the many festivals throughout the year (including the annual TSB Festival of Lights extravaganza), immerse yourself at an award-winning museum or gallery, or pay a visit to one of the last working lighthouses in New Zealand - the Cape Egmont lighthouse.