Welcome to Taranaki
We're very proud of our beautiful province. This site is to show the world a little taste of what Taranaki has to offer.
Taranaki has it all, pumping surf breaks, a majestic mountain, amazing gardens and great events for young and old. It’s easy to see why the region prides itself on being a destination ‘like no other’.
|New Plymouth won the Top Town award from North and South Magazine in 2008, being judged "the best place in New Zealand to live, love, work and raise a family."The city also won three awards at the 11th International Awards for Liveable Communities, including the 'Whole City Gold award' (population category 20,000 – 75,000). |
New Plymouth District has a reputation as an events centre, with major festivals (the annual TSB Bank Festival of Lights, Taranaki Rhododendron and Garden Festival, WOMAD and the G-TARanaki Guitar Festival, and the biennial Taranaki Arts Festival), sports fixtures (including international rugby, cricket and tennis matches, and the annual ITU World Cup Triathlon) and concerts (from Sir Elton John, Jack Johnson, Westlife, R.E.M and Fleetwood Mac).Mount Taranaki/Egmont provides recreation opportunities, from skiing and snowboarding to rock climbing and alpine walks. The North Egmont Visitors Centre is 20 minutes' drive from central New Plymouth.Taranaki is also known as big wave territory with some of the country's best surfing spots found off our coastline.