New Plymouth

Mount Taranaki

Mt Taranaki/Egmont

New Plymouth

New Plymouth is a city where you can snowboard, water ski and surf all on the same day. With an urban population of 45,000, New Plymouth is the main service centre for the Taranaki region's principal industries of farming, energy exploration and production and tourism.

Reasons to visit include:

Coastline

The Taranaki coastline is famous for its excellent surf and stunning sunsets. Surfers from all around the world head to Taranaki to catch a big wave but the less venturous can enjoy walking along the 7km-long Coastal Walkway. For those who find the sea too daunting, you can enjoy the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre with indoor and outdoor pools, a diving pool, wave machine, hydroslides, spa, sauna and gym.

Mountain

Mount Taranaki, also known as Mount Egmont, overlooks the city and provides all sorts of recreational activities from skiing and snowboarding to rock climbing and alpine walks. It takes only 20 minutes to drive from New Plymouth to the North Egmont Visitors' Centre.

Events

In recent years, New Plymouth has actively promoted itself as a centre for events. These include the annual TSB Festival of Lights, the Taranaki Rhododendron and Garden Festival, WOMAD music and dance festival, a guitar festival as well as many other sporting and music events. The Festival of Lights, which runs from mid-December to early February, is free to visit and turns Pukekura Park into an illuminated wonderland every evening.

Art

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is a contemporary art museum and hosts the collection of world famous film maker and kinetic artist Len Lye. The artist spent most of his working life in the United States but after his death in 1980, the majority of his works were sent to New Plymouth so it could celebrate his achievements.

Golf

Taranaki is a golfer's paradise with 20 courses all within an hour's drive of each other. These range from nine-hole country courses, where you have to move sheep off the fairways, to Ngamotu Links which has a reputation as one of New Zealand's most popular courses.

Awards

New Plymouth has won many civic awards, including being named by North & South Magazine in 2008 as "the best place in New Zealand to live, love, work and a raise a family".