The quiet province that is a detour. The place is a rounded bump on the east coast of the North Island, it is very easy to simply continue straight down the middle of the island with its exciting hot mineral pools, the Huka Falls and Taupo and forget New Plymouth, Taranaki existed. Once you have visited you will wonder what took so long to ‘find’ the place. Taranaki has magical gardens, funky festivals full of light and sound, glorious museums and delicious food destinations. And it is guaranteed you will return to the bump in the road that is Taranaki.