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Things to Do in Taranaki

Top 21 things to do in Taranaki as voted by the Taranaki community.


There is a lot to do in the area of Taranaki and New Plymouth. If you spent some time in our boutique accommodation and garden and want to discover what is going on around, please have a look at our suggestions. Each of them will give you fun day and a lot of nice memories. There is something for everyone.

When you’re very active you need to do the New Plymouth Coastal Walk. If you enjoy the beautiful things in life, one of the many Music & Art Festivals are a must-see! We picked every single activity, thinking of you and guessing what you would enjoy most.

Don’t miss out these great activities!

1.    Puke Ariki

Treasure trove of Taranaki's history and culture.

2.    Taranaki Garden Festivals

          Home to the Taranaki Rhododendron and Fringe Garden Festivals - not to be missed!

3.    Pukekura Park

Stroll the many walks of this 100-year-old park - one of the most beautiful places in the world!

4.    New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

A wander along the award winning 7km coastal walkway.

5.    TSB Bank Festival of Lights

Check out the lights and sights at this nationally renowned festival that is New Zealand famous!

6.    Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

View contemporary art at one of Australasia's leading art galleries in the city.

7.    Helicopter flight over Mt Taranaki

Fly over Taranaki's beloved icon - you will be amazed!

8.    WOMAD

Experience different cultures through art, music and food - not to be missed!

9.    Tawhiti Museum

Explore Taranaki's early history and unique depiction of the 1860s Taranaki land wars.

10.  Row Boats at Pukekura Park

Take a romantic boat trip on the park's lake or feed the ducks.

11.  Wakeboarding at Lake Rotorangi

Thrill at the speed of wakeboarding or water skiing.

12.  Summer Concerts at TSB Bowl of Brooklands

Enjoy a world class concert at this stunning natural amphitheatre that is a truly unique setting.

13.  Taranaki International Festival of the Arts

An event-packed biennial arts festival.

14.  Pukeiti

New Zealand's premier rhododendron garden set in a magnificent rainforest on the slopes of Mt Taranaki.

15.  Todd Energy New Plymouth Aquatic Centre

Experience the kamikaze hydro slide, wave pool or spa area and gym.

16.  Oakura Beach

Enjoy a family beach picnic on Oakura Beach.

17.  Windwandering Bikes

Feel the sea breeze through your hair and enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you ride these unique bikes.

18.  Forgotten World Highway 43

Step back in time and travel through historical landscapes of yesteryear.

19.  Whitecliffs Walkway

Take a walk on the coastal walkway with an alpine back drop and the sea at your fore.

20.  Surfing a Taranaki Wave

Surfing world class waves at one of the various Surf Highway 45's major surf breaks.

21.  Chaddy's Charter's

A nostalgic trip on an old english lifeboat through the wonderful marine reserve.
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Villa Heights Bed & Breakfast

333 Upland Road, New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand

Telephone:  (+64) 06 755 2273      

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