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.

The city is also blessed to be close to the Egmont National Park and Mt Taranaki. The mountain most of the time,  presents a magnificent view  to tourists and locals. . Wow what a backdrop.

New Plymouth also has many other fabulous features and the coastal walkway is a gem of an asset for the residents and visitors. Just look at this recently completed walk bridge..

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 Museum is a must visit. The regular display giving a sensitive insight to the past.

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.

The Churches are a mix of the grotesque modern, and thankfully contrasted with the St Paul’s Cathedral and Presbyterian giving history a chance.

There are some New Plymouth Hotels hanging in but the magnificent White Hart is now trading as a tavern.

To enjoy, absorb and soak up New Plymouth, environs and the mountain allow a week.


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course