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Sunday morning


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Te Rewa Rewa bridge framing Mt Taranaki Te Rewa Rewa bridge framing Mt Taranaki

A brisk walk along the Coastal walkway gives visitors an opportunity to observe the outdoor installations along the way.  NEW PLYMOUTH COASTAL WALKWAY is a 13 km shared track beside a spectacular coastline finishing at Ngamotu Beach.  Highlights include architecturally stunning Te Rewa Rewa Bridge and  the Len Lye Wind Wand.  Get inspired browsing Visit Taranaki detailed description of the walkway with where to go and how to walk. The walkway is a shared pathway with cyclists making it a great option to hire a bike for the day to explore New Plymouth.

Puke Ariki library at New Plymouth

Once you reach the iconic 45 metre Wind Wand, there are number of fascinating stone carvings and pieces of public art, you can take a detour into the city centre to visit innovative heritage and information centre Puke Ariki and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/ Len Lye Centre. Puke Ariki is an integrated museum, library and visitor centre rolled into one complex servicing both the needs of the local community and visitors alike. Especially important is their handle on the local weather forecasts. The unpredictable nature of the weather in Taranaki means rainproof layers are very useful.

Walking options include an easy stroll through Meeting of the Waters Scenic Reserve walks: Walking and tramping in New Plymouth area, Taranaki region.  A quiet reserve 3km from New Plymouth it is the perfect spot for rest and relaxation within its sheltering bush. There is a suspension bridge, You will walk along the Waiwhakaiho River. The bush is regenerating lowland forest. In summer it is a local favourite swimming spot with access to the shallow river.

Early in the afternoon, prepare to leave New Plymouth with a promise to return to check out the glorious public and private gardens of Taranaki, spend more time browsing through the hidden corners of Taranaki’s shopping world. Book yourself into the summer season concerts and festivals Taranaki is famous for.

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