Taranaki

Dominated by the iconic peak of Mount Taranaki, this region promises unspoilt scenery, iron sand beaches, a warm climate and stunning gardens and parks. Strongly rural, but sporting the best in both surf and alpine recreation, Taranaki quite possibly has it all!

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Taranaki

Accommodation

Whether you like sea views, alpine vistas or rural scenery, Taranaki has an ideal accommodation option for you.The region offers a range of accommodation styles.

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 Surfing, Surf Highway 45, Taranaki.  Josh Woskett

Taranaki

Activities

The region boasts untouched forests and beach, which are always popular with hikers and surfers. Get out and have a look at what's on offer.

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About Taranaki

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.

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How do you get to Taranaki?

  • Travel by Plane
    • New Plymouth Airport can be reached in under an hour's flight from both Auckland and Wellington. The airport, located 11km from New Plymouth city centre, welcomes regular flights from destinations around New Zealand.
  • Travel by Train
    • There are no train services in Taranaki.
  • Travel by Bus
    • Many bus networks include Taranaki on their NI routes. There are also regional shuttle buses that transport passengers between the townships of Taranaki. The CityLink bus operates a comprehensive public transport system throughout the wider area.
  • Rent a Vehicle
    • New Plymouth Airport offers a limited selection of car rentals, which should be booked prior to your arrival. Several car rental companies also have depots in the central city.