Where to find us
Taranaki is centrally located halfway between Auckland and Wellington on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Daily flights connect the region to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, with direct links also to Nelson.
Taranaki offers a stunningly scenic destination even before you reach the region. From the moment you catch your first glimpse of mythical Mount Taranaki, to the point you dip your toes in the surf, the full mountain to sea spectrum is available. Between these extremes sits a lush landscape filled with artist studios, outdoor adventures and much more. That’s not to mention the stunning parks and gardens, contemporary artworks and the stunning Len Lye Centre, eclectic range of museums and opportunities to
get outside and active around the conference programme. You’ll be blown away by how much there is to see in Taranaki.
December - February
TSB Festival of Lights
AmeriCARna US Car Festival
WOMAD World Music Festival
ITU Triathlon World Cup Event
October - November
Conference Venues & Facilities
Taranaki offers an impressively diverse range of event options. New Plymouth in particular is proving increasingly popular with small and medium sized events seeking a different destination, well-appointed facilities and a memorable experience to support the main event. From a legendary rugby stadium to a contemporary art gallery, a classically inspired theatre to a beautiful natural amphitheatre, the city has a range of unique locations, supported by proven events experts. Intimate or corporate, grass between your toes or looking over the goalposts, a surf lesson or a stately location, cultural icon or lush gardens – Taranaki has you covered.
Taranaki offers a surprisingly sophisticated accommodation offering, right around the mountain, with properties ranging from large well appointed hotels to more grass-roots options, all well-located and more than likely with mountain views. A handful of modern, 4-star plus hotels offer single-site accommodation, dining and conference facilities, while a wide range of motels and serviced apartments offer additional flexibility. For a unique experience try beachfront glamping, a heritage hotel or back country lodge.
Taranaki was recently judged the world’s second best regional destination by influential global travel guide Lonely Planet. The award picked on two aspects of the region’s tourism offering, both of which are just as accessible to conference and event delegates.
The first is the Pouakai Crossing, a spectacular one-day walk across the slopes of Mount Taranaki that spans goblin forests, alpine
environments and mirror lakes offering postcard-perfect reflections of the summit. While this might be a bit much for the average conference programme, there are countless more accessible outdoor adventures to balance time spent in a conference room, from the lush Pukekura Park to New Plymouth’s award-winning Coastal Walkway.
New Plymouth’s architecturally amazing Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre also attracted attention, as much for its stainless steel façade as the dynamic contemporary art within. This too is the tip of the proverbial iceberg, with public sculptures, vibrant street art, eclectic museums and much more offering a uniquely cultural component to any visit to the region.