Whether it's the picture-perfect mountain, or the enchanting sea there are ample opportunities to explore, discover and experience Taranaki.
Taranaki is fierce in colour, and vibrancy it’s no wonder the region is dazzling with some of New Zealand’s most spectacular gardens. Discover regional highlights such as the sprawling Pukekura Park, Te Kainga Marire, or, for the more adventurous, Pukeiti - the rainforest garden nestled in the foothills of Mt Taranaki.
Breathtaking scenery, tree-lined fairways, long coastlines and enchanting mountains make Taranaki a natural playground, and a thriving golf destination. See panoramic views of the North Taranaki coastline, New Plymouth city, and Mt Taranaki at Fitzroy, or tackle Strathmore in rural Eastern Taranaki. Whatever the skills, or ambition - Taranaki has the course for you.
No trip to Taranaki is complete without a visit to the impressive Puke Ariki museum, library and information centre. Explore the region’s greatest treasures and stories, and learn about the geological, Māori and pioneering past of Taranaki. Whether you’re looking to inspire creativity, engage with heritage or connect with local people - Puke Ariki has it all.
For a relaxed, and serene day, pack a picnic, and enjoy the scenery at Tūpare homestead. Managed by the Taranaki Regional Council, Tūpare is developing as one of New Zealand’s most distinctive gardens with its very own glade, glasshouse, orchard and cliff cascade.If you’re lucky you might even be able to spot the peak of Mt Taranaki.
Whether you’re a passionate hiker, or simply enjoy being outdoors and stretching the legs - Taranaki has plenty of options. For the more experienced, the Pouakai Circuit is perfect for exploring the backcountry and the natural beauty of Egmont National Park while, the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway is a family-friendly, 13km walk.
Taranaki's coast boasts 180 degrees of ocean swells, so you can be almost certain that the surf will be pumping somewhere along the famous highway. Fill the car with boards and go exploring - chances are you’ll find the perfect wave! You’ll also find cafes, craft shops, and great scenery for those not inclined to surf.
Just off the coast of New Plymouth are the Sugar Loaf Islands - the eroded stumps of an ancient volcanic crater. Above water you can see seven majestic islands and several reefs. Beneath the surface explores cliffs, canyons, boulder reefs and sand banks. Enjoy the day exploring at your own pace - hire a kayak, go snorkelling or have a go at fishing.