The perfectly conical Mount Taranaki is one of New Zealand’s great scenic landmarks. The most climbed mountain in New Zealand, its splendour attracts many. Almost identical in shape to Japan’s famous Mount Fuji, Taranaki was the location for the Hollywood blockbuster The Last Samurai.
Though this monolith dominates the landscape, there’s a lot more to Taranaki than alpine pursuits. State Highway 45 – known as the Surf Highway – is a world-class surfing and windsurfing destination, with a number of top spots including one of the region's favourite beachside towns, Opunake.