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Destination: Taranaki & New Plymouth Region

New Plymouth is a peaceful retreat from tourist hot spots. Your experience will be personal and intimate with Top 7 Things To Do in New Plymouth – Pacific Jane giving you a taste of what Taranaki province has to offer.

New Plymouth is an ideal year round destination with indoor spaces encouraging visitors to linger. Internationally respected Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is glimmering light and other visual feasts for the eye include Puke Ariki, a knowledge hub, museum and where and what’s happening place. The string of surfboard towns on the Surf Highway can easily be explored from New Plymouth creating a day exploring Taranaki. The lodestar of Mount Taranaki soars above the clouds and rolling farmland is a guide to the direction you’re facing.

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Weekend in New Plymouth

A stunning Mount Taranaki dominates the plains of Taranaki making a great opening visual statement for the town. The mountain, the rolling hills, coastline and innovative architectural styles ...

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Forgotten highway weekend

Podocarp forest, waterfalls, rivers, landscapes, bird life and off the beaten track. Regional New Zealand in a forested green wrap, complete with tourism on rails. A podocarp forest is part of ...

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Hawera travel guide

Hawera is the main town of south Taranaki situated 70km from New Plymouth. Too often visitors are whizzing past on their way to the lights of New Plymouth. Hawera is home for a flourishing art ...

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Eltham travel guide

Eltham is one of those small towns where the very visible closure of main street shops could put you off stopping. Behind the loss of retail business is a fascinating community with a number of ...

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Best places to visit

Food lovers visiting New Plymouth will savour fine dining or relaxing with newspaper fish n chips on the beach. Delis and cafes aplenty will guarantee holiday treats and, naturally New Zealand always has a vineyard around the corner.

TARANAKI

Taranaki with its lush farmland, temperate climate is ideal for cows, the dairy industry and glorious gardens. Check out 10 Taranaki Gardens & Parks worth a detour, travel guide: NZ Jane for inspiration where to go and what to see. Seasonal variations will encourage visitors to return and a highlight for many Australian and New Zealanders is the well regarded Taranaki Garden Festival in October.

Maori heritage and the story of Polynesian migration, settlement and life is writ large on the landscape with many archeological sites. Today contemporary Maori culture is a vibrant living entity. The nineteenth century NZ Land Wars had a significant impact on the landscape of Maori identity with this narrative clearly elaborated in museums, heritage sites and land ownership. This story is aptly told in our Kiwi Towns, Taranaki.

Enjoy Taranaki, a place where space belongs to you. Your holiday, your adventure on roads less travelled.

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