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Taranaki’s Top Must Do Experiences

  1. New Plymouth Coastal Walkway Wander or ride the award-wining Coastal Walkway and new Te Rewa Rewa Bridge.
  2. Pouakai Tarns. Capture a unique view of Mt Taranaki and its reflection in a lake along the Pouakai Track.
  3. TSB Bank Festival of the Lights Check out the lights and sights at this nationally renowned festival.
  4. Climb Paritutu Rock. Get the best views of Taranaki from the top of this volcanic outcrop.
  5. Pukekura Park. Stroll through this botanical wonderland or relax in a row boat on the lake.
  6. Puke Ariki Discover Taranaki’s history, stories and traditions through a range of exhibitions.
  7. Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular New Zealand's Premier spring festival starring private and public gardens.
  8. Summit Climb up Mt Taranaki. A sunrise from the summit of Mt Taranaki offers a view like no other.
  9. Whitecliffs Walkway. Admire the sea and mountain views from this stunning coastal walkway.
  10. Round the Mountain Road Trip. Go town hopping around our magnificent mountain by car or bike.
  11. Dawson Falls. Take a walk to discover the 18m waterfall and Goblin Forest on the southern slopes of Mount Taranaki.
  12. Lake Mangamahoe. Take a picturesque walk or a fun-fuelled mountain bike ride around the lake.
  13. Len Lye's Wind Wand. Watch this iconic 45m tall artwork as it sways on its Coastal Walkway vantage point. 
  14. Pukeiti Wander the pathways of this internationally renowned rhododendron garden.
  15. Whangamomona. Drive through spectacular scenery to discover the rich history of Whangamomona.
  16. Surfing a Taranaki Wave. Paddle out at one of Taranaki’s famous (or not so famous... Shhhh quiet) surf breaks. 
  17. Todd Energy Aquatic Centre. Enjoy the wave pool, spa and gym or take on the Kamikaze hydro slide.
  18. Wilkies Pools. Hike up to sample the pristine cooling waters of Wilkies Pools.
  19. Cape Egmont Lighthouse. Visit one of New Zealand’s last working lighthouses with a vivid history.
  20. Fishing at the Lee Breakwater. Enjoy a family fun day fishing off the wharf at Port Taranaki.