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Tours & tips about getting around Taranaki

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Taranaki, New Zealand

New Plymouth, like no other, has several great tour operators getting visitors on the water to view or swim among the local marine life as well as outstanding local guides familiar with the temperamental weather conditions on Mt Taranaki. For dedicated cycling enthusiasts mountain biking is one of NZ’s hidden routes, the Epic Timber Trail. The Timber Trail is a Nga Haerenga Great Ride. For foodie fans pop on the must do list, Juno, a local distillery to tempt your senses.

For a comprehensive list of activities, attractions and top things to do in Taranaki and its regional hub New Plymouth check out Things to do in New Plymouth Attractions, Activities & Places to Visit. For garden lovers there is the key Taranaki Garden festival. Check out 10 Taranaki Gardens & Parks worth a detour, travel guide: Best Bits and get inspired.

For road trippers pencil in time exploring Egmont National Park 12 walks and tramps – Best Bits and interesting walks such as the Goblin trail. For a dash of adventure watch or join in the fun Surf Highway 45: Taranaki things to do – Best Bits and make sure to spend time in the small Taranaki towns where being quirky is a given.

Travelling around the North Island of New Zealand then get your way to Taranaki on the Forgotten Highway and commence your Taranaki exploration in the small town of Stratford.


Getting to Taranaki tour operators

Aerial view on Taranaki coastline with a small river and New Plymouth and Mount Taranaki on the background. Taranaki region, New Zealand
Taranaki coastline, New Plymouth, Mount Taranaki, New Zealand



New Plymouth is serviced by a domestic airport located 11 km from the city centre. There is shuttle service, Scott’s Airport Shuttle, taxis and rental cars situated at the airport. As it is a regional airport some services operate only when flights are arriving and departing. Ensure you have contact details on hand to avoid delays.

… read more about New Plymouth bus connections and city bus network Things to do in New Plymouth.


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