New Plymouth is the major city of the Taranaki region and lies in the shadow of spectacular Mt Taranaki, a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. As well as beautiful gardens and many walks and cycle trails, there’s surf in one direction and snowboarding and skiing in the next.
Part of the multi-day Pouakai Circuit, the 19km Pouakai Crossing track is one of NZ's best 1-day walks and winds across the lower slopes of Mt Taranaki. Alternatively take in the dramatic views by walking or cycling along the award-winning New Plymouth Coastal Walkway that goes from city to sea.
Visit the architecturally stunning Len Lye Centre, showcasing fascinating works by the renowned NZ kinetic sculptor in the adjoining Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Meander through beautiful gardens like Pukekura Park, with lakes and formal gardens that grow rhododendrons and king ferns. 18 golf courses are dotted around the Taranaki region to suit the avid golfer or those just wanting to enjoy the scenery.
Unwind after a busy day in a hotel room, suite or apartment at Distinction New Plymouth Hotel....