What a wonderful city New Plymouth is. Fortunate also, because New Plymouth’s isolation determines not only is it the 'capitol' of the Taranaki, New Plymouth is also the commercial centre of gravity of the west coast of the North Island. Coupled with rich history and the good fortune to be ‘close’ to oil and gas fields has seen the city have its own recent ‘gold rush’ years. Growth spurned by the energy sector has seen New Plymouth double in size in the last 30 years.
Other notable features are the botanic gardens (e.g. Pukekura Park), and the Len Lye-designed 45-metre (148 ft) tall artwork known as the Wind Wand.on the coastal walkway In 2008, New Plymouth won multiple awards as a city.
It is also noted for being a coastal city with a mountain within 30 minutes drive, where residents and visitors to New Plymouth can snowboard, ski, water ski and surf all in the same day.
The New Zealand Constitution Act 1852 created the Province of New Plymouth and series of disputes over ownership and settlement of land developed between Maori and settlers soon after and New Plymouth became a fortified garrison town in 1860-1861
New Plymouth is also a major port, fishing industry, rural services provider and increasingly a tourist destination in its own right. If the weather was not cool and windy New Plymouth would vie for major city status.
The New Plymouth War Memorial is under done for a city this size and quality. There is no public visual accord to the fallen in the 1st or 2nd World Wars. The Boar War yes. This is a real shame and a very interesting oversight for the towns development. Heritage is clearly important.
To enjoy, absorb and soak up New Plymouth, environs and the mountain allow a week.