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Surf Highway 45: Tarankai things to do

New Plymouth

Te Rewa Rewa bridge framing Mt Taranaki, New Zealand Te Rewa Rewa bridge framing Mt Taranaki, New Zealand

Next on the surf highway is New Plymouth. New Plymouth is a great year round destination with indoor activities for the cooler months. Cultural attractions are world class with innovative architecture featuring on many holiday photos. Together with stunning contemporary outdoor sculptural representations of New Plymouth past and present the visitor is spoiled for choice where to go and what to do. New Plymouth offers the visitor a comfortable hub for exploring Taranaki from the iconic Mount Taranaki to regional towns and settlements with their quirky personalities. Food lovers have a wide choice from fine dining to fish n chips on a surf beach. And, of course New Zealand always has a vineyard around the corner.

Festival of Light, New Plymouth

Selfie locations and photo moments

Great photo locations with stunning visuals create memorable holiday moments. Check these places:

  • Te Rewa Rewa bridge with its soaring steel wings
  • Len Lye Centre, swirling silver building as a backdrop against the setting sun on the coast, including the wind wand
  • Paritutu Rock
  • Festival of Lights (summer)
  • Pukekura Park with its cultivated gardens and themed corners
  • Meeting of the Waters Reserve for natural forest scenery & swing bridge

Read more about Top 7 things to do in New Plymouth, Taranaki & New Plymouth Region.


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It is very distracting with a ridiculously beautiful Mt Taranaki providing endless photographic moments. Give in, draw into the next lookout point and enjoy the sight of clouds fluttering over the mountain peak, the full glory or the misted beauty hidden in the clouds.

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