Taranaki New Zealand – Just NZ North Island

About The Region
Attractions + Events
Drive Times

About The Region

Remarkably similar in shape to Japan’s Mt Fuji, 2,518m Mt Taranaki in Egmont National Park is one of New Zealand’s most accessible alpine areas and has 300 kms of walking tracks throughout the park. 105 kms of prime surfing spots along highway 45 between New Plymouth and Hawera. New Plymouth’s Pukeruka Park with its 52 hectares of gardens and summer evening displays of 18,000 lights. October to November witness the annual extravagant rhododendron displays (The Pukeiti gardens alone have over 10,000 rhodos).

“Did you know… The New Zealand Kiwi bird is the only in the world to have nostrils at the tip of its bill and lays the largest egg relative to its body?”

Meet the friendly locals and find out where the best spots are to catch a wave in the pounding Tasman Sea or spend some time strolling the coastal ironsand beaches. With a charm of yesteryear, Taranaki is a destination rich in maori culture, arts and crafts, adrenaline activities, fishing, empowering walks and mountain tracks.

Attractions + Events


  • Mt Taranaki in Egmont National Park
  • Prime surfing spots
  • New Plymouth’s Pukeruka Park
  • The Pukeiti gardens
  • Excellent photo opportunities


  • 30th October – 8th November 2015
    Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival and Taranaki Garden Spectacular
  • Mid December 2015 – Late January 2016
    TTSB Bank Festival of Lights
  • 30th January 2016
    Taranaki Cycle Challenge
  • March 2016


NZ Map Taranaki

Drive Times

From To Kms Hrs
Auckland New Plymouth 365 kms 5 hrs
New Plymouth Wellington 352 kms 5 hrs
New Plymouth Mt Taranaki National Park 26 kms 30 mins
Auckland Mt Ruapehu 340 kms 5 hrs
Mt Ruapehu Wellington 330 kms 4 hrs