Discover Taranaki

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Where to find us

The Taranaki region and New Plymouth city are centrally located on the west coast of the North Island, easily reached via short flights from the main centres.  

Scenic Highlights

Taranaki is not only a natural outdoor playground with a number of group activities on offer to help you explore the picturesque Mount Taranaki and sparking surrounding sea; but it also is one of the garden and arts capitals of New Zealand. Regularly rated as one of New Zealands most liveablecities New Plymouth boasts the iconic Pukekura Park, the expansive Coastal Walkway, the impressive Len Lye Centre and numerous world-class events and festivals that consistently wow visitors.  

What's on


Taranaki Garden Spectacular
Oct-Nov

NZ Tattoo & Art Festival
Nov

Festival of the Lights
Dec-Jan

WOMAD (World of Music Art & Dance)
March

NZ Home Loans Surf Festival
March

Conference Venues & Facilities

From private, river or seaside spaces to large open stadiums, arty digs, modern state of the art conference rooms or mountainside retreats it’s easy to see why Taranaki is quickly becoming the new location of choice for those wanting something a little different to the norm. And it’s just far enough away to make your convention or event really memorable.  

Accommodation

Within New Plymouth there are three large major hotel chains all close to town, and throughout the region a large number of quality hotels, short-term apartments, motels, B+Bs and boutique accommodation options to suit every traveller, business person, or conference delegate.  

Unforgettable Experiences

It’s difficult to escape the watchful gaze of Mount Taranaki – and so, a visit to the national park for a hike, short walk, summit climb or just to photograph the stunning Goblin Forest, Dawsons Falls or the Ahukawakawa swamp is an amazing experience. For those wanting a bit of culture, you literally cannot miss the stunning new Len Lye Centre at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Steel panels on the façade curve and reflect and the artists kinetic and film works inside are just as impressive. In South Taranaki a visit to Tawhiti Museum and their Traders and Whalers boat ride is a must! The WOMAD three-day weekend of music, art and dance will make your heart sing and your soul happy. With the stunning Pukekura Park as a backdrop, international food to savour and performers that know how to put on a show – it is a weekend like no other. It’s usually a sell-out – so don’t miss out!