Taranaki

Discover an abundance of festivals, cultural sights and hiking opportunities


This region is dominated by the imposing and impressively symmetrical volcano of Taranaki. The peak and surrounding Egmont National Park offer over 300km of walking & hiking trails that draw active travellers around the country every year. 

The views are astounding and well worth the breathlessness you'll encounter traversing the steep slopes of the mountain. However, if you'd prefer a more leisurely stroll, try the New Plymouth coastal walkway, which gives you splendid views of both the coast and Taranaki from afar. Not far from New Plymouth on the North Taranaki coast lie the remnants of what used to be the Three Sisters and Elephant Rock. Elephant Rock and one of the sisters have eroded, leaving only two of the sisters remaining. At low tide it's a short walk along the sand to reach the rock formations, a pretty incredible sight.

In New Plymouth you'll find a small city that's filled with quirky cafes, galleries and museums that will appeal to culture vultures. The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre are an architectural masterpiece and must-visit attraction for art lovers. The region hosts the Taranaki Garden Festival and WOMAD (World of Music, Arts & Dance) each year, along with the Festival of Lights at Pukekura Park, a family-friendly outdoor event serving up spectacular installations and interactive activities. 

Get in touch with your nearest World Travellers office to arrange a tailored package to the Taranaki region.

Things you should know about Taranaki

Due to its resemblance to Mt Fuji, Taranaki stood in for the famous Japanese volcano in the Tom Cruise movie The Last Samurai.

Taranaki is home to Surf Highway 45, a stretch of coastline that offers up some of the country's best surf breaks.

The town of Stratford was named after the birthplace of William Shakespeare and is home to a glockenspiel clocktower - the only one of its kind in New Zealand.

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