Photos: Rob Tucker/Jeremy Beckers
A Mythical Mountain
Discover more of Taranaki on
foot or by bike along one of the
region’s many trails.
Covering every corner of the region, there are countless
walkways on off er in Taranaki from a quick coastal stroll to
an epic alpine adventure.
New Plymouth’s 13km Coastal Walkway is a great place
to start, while at the other end of the spectrum is the
Pouakai Circuit, a multi-day 25km journey on the slopes of
Mount Taranaki in Egmont National Park.
The Mountain off ers many opportunities to get back to
nature, from eerie goblin forests to spectacular waterfalls,
all with stunning views. Over 200km of walking trails in the
Park mean there are walks to suit every level of fi tness and
A guide to Taranaki’s many walking routes is available
from the region’s i-site visitor centres or from
Photos: Rob Tucker/Peter Florence
For cyclists, there is a wide range of rides around the
region to explore and enjoy.
The Forgotten World Cycle Trail leads into Taranaki from
the central plateau, over a rewarding 180km, four saddles,
three tunnels, the welcome sight of Whangamomona and
its iconic hotel, and very little traﬃ c.
The round the mountain circuit – a 150km circumnavigation
of Mount Taranaki that passes through rolling countryside
and picturesque towns is also a must do for the committed
The Taranaki Cycle Park in Bell Block off ers a velodrome,
closed road circuit, BMX track and a range of kids’ trails.
For mountain bikers New Plymouth off ers a great urban
trail network, reﬂ ecting the city’s status as a model
walking and cycling community, while the growing trail
network at Lake Mangamahoe Mountain Bike Park is home
to many events.
warm environment it’s no wonder
that Taranaki has been known
as ‘The Garden of New Zealand’
for over 150 years. Early settlers
coined the term in the region’s
earliest marketing material, and
these days the gardens even have
their own festivals.
The Garden of
Photos: Rob Tucker
The annual Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular attracts
thousands of garden lovers to the region every spring,
showcasing more than 40 of the region’s best gardens
along with a vibrant event and education programme.
The region is also home to a large and wonderfully
eclectic Fringe Garden Festival, which captures even more
Taranaki gardens, along with vintage tool and machinery
collections and work by local artists.
Te Kainga Marire, one of only a handful of NZGT 6-star
rated gardens in New Zealand, has transformed a patch
of clay in suburban New Plymouth into a wonderfully
intimate native garden, while Pukeiti, a 360-hectare rain
forest garden nestled into the foothills of Mount Taranaki
is renowned for its rhododendron collection.
New Plymouth’s Pukekura Park and Tupare Gardens are
other favourites, and along with Stratford District’s Hollard
Gardens and Hawera’s expansive King Edward Park off er
spectacular displays of native and exotic specimens that
are well worth exploring at length.
A comprehensive guide to Taranaki’s many parks and
gardens is available free from the region’s i-Site Visitor
Centres or from www.visit.taranaki.info
New Plymouth’s Govett-Brewster
Art Gallery has been serving
up a steady diet of the latest in
contemporary art since 1970, and
in 2015 opened the doors on the
stunning new Len Lye Centre.
The centre is a showcase of the pioneering fi lm and
kinetic sculpture of artist Len Lye, and while the gleaming
stainless steel facade is stunning, the interior spaces are
even more impressive. The surrounding arts precinct
features a growing number of galleries, cafes, boutique
fashion and accommodation. www.govettbrewster.com
Throughout Taranaki you’ll be able to sample the works of
the region’s artists. Start with Stratford’s Percy Thomson
Gallery or Hawera’s Lysaght Watt and explore from there,
or check out the Taranaki Arts Trail on 11-12 June, or
Oakura Arts Trail over two weekends in spring.
Pick up a free Museums and Galleries Guide from one of
the region’s i-SITE Visitor Information Centres or download
Photos: Patrick Reynolds/Rob Tucker
Discover Taranaki’s stories
through one of its many museums.
Start at South Taranaki’s incredible Tawhiti Museum, a
short drive from Hawera, and regarded as New Zealand’s
best private museum. Allow at least half a day to explore
the hundreds of life-size models and exhibits and
thousands of implements and artefacts of Taranaki’s
past. Don’t miss the Traders & Whalers ride – it has to be
experienced to be believed.
New Plymouth’s Puke Ariki is also a great place to dive into
Taranaki’s natural, geological and human histories, as well
as a range of regularly-changing exhibitions and events
that lift the lid on specifi c aspects of the region’s culture.
The region off ers many more eclectic museums and
galleries. From Inglewood’s Fun Ho! Toy Museum to
Hawera’s Elvis Presley Memorial Record Room, to the
Taranaki Pioneer Village in Stratford to Patea’s Aotea
Utanganui museum, there are many ways to sample the
more unique aspects of the region’s past.
reputation as the events capital
of New Zealand. Here’s why:
TSB Bank Festival of Lights,
13 Dec 2015 – 23 Jan
27 Feb 2016 – short fi lm fi nalists in a
spectacular outdoor setting.
24-27 Feb 2016 – the largest celebration
of American car culture takes over Taranaki.
5 Mar 2016
– mostly downhill course from Egmont National Park
5 Mar 2016 – catch operatic sensations at the
equally spectacular TSB Bowl of Brooklands.
18-20 Mar 2016 – spectacular three-
day festival at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands and
– top triathletes sample Taranaki’s landscape in short
New Zealand Surf Festival,
16-27 Apr 2016
– top surfers of all ages take on Taranaki’s waves.
Photos: Rob Tucker
Naki Run Amuck,
15 May 2016 – a running race with
a diff erence: river crossings, mud and sand.
11-12 Jun 2016 – add to your
collection with exclusive access to Taranaki’s studios.
Taranaki Daily News Fashion Art Awards,
2016 – a family friendly extravaganza of wearable art.
22 Oct 2016 – North Taranaki’s own
organic brewery hosts an Oktoberfest like no other.
Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular and Taranaki
Fringe Garden Festival,
28 Oct – 6 Nov 2016 –
celebrate spring at New Zealand’s most spectacular
Nov 2016 – check out Oakura’s arts
scene over two weekends.
Georgie Pie Super Smash,
Nov 2016 – Catch non-stop
cricket action at New Plymouth’s top venues.
Taranaki Steelformers Around the Mountain Relay,
4-5 Nov 2016 – an overnight team or solo walk/run.
26-27 Nov 2016
– a celebration of art and culture at a skin deep level.
All dates and information best available at time of press.
For more information go to www.visit.taranaki.info
Tracing ancient Maori trails and
pioneering farm tracks from
Taumarunui in the central North
Island to Stratford, the Forgotten
World Highway is New Zealand’s
oldest touring route.
Over thirty points of interest line the route, and it’s worth
taking a day or two to explore the 155km journey as it
traverses saddles and passes through the Tangarakau
Gorge and farmland battling with the ever-encroaching
The main settlement is the village of Whangamomona, first
settled in 1895 with a population of 300 at its peak. Now
home to around 30 residents, the village is centred on the
Whangamomona Hotel, which offers accommodation and
hearty meals for locals and travellers alike.
The village declared itself a republic in 1989, complete
with its own presidential election, passport (which can
be obtained from the Hotel) and iconic Republic Day held
every second year in January.
The Forgotten World Adventures rail cart excursion, and
new pedal-powered option, is opening this unique area to
new visitors, as is the growing range of walking and cycling
routes and accommodation options in the area.
Pick up a copy of the Forgotten World Highway Touring
Route Guide from a Taranaki i-SITE Visitor Centre or
download from www.visit.taranaki.info
The 105km Surf Highway 45
traces the coastline from
New Plymouth to Hawera,
following a path well worn by
intrepid surfers in their hunt
for the perfect wave.
‘The Coast’ is home to more than just surf, with many cozy
cafes, art and craft studios and eclectic shops in the small
towns that punctuate the journey.
There are plenty of opportunities to tap into the Coast’s
history, from the substantial Koru Pa inland from Oakura
to the wreck of the SS Gairloch at the end of Timaru Road
to Te Ngutu o Te Manu, once the base of revered Maori
warrior Titokowaru, and the Cape Egmont Lighthouse and
Back Beach, Oakura, Opunake, Kaupokonui and Ohawe all
off er the chance to wander on a sandy beach, swim, fi sh,
or have a barbeque, and there are countless surf breaks
The best way to explore the Surf Highway is to load up
the car with the surfb oards and a thirst for adventure and
follow the road.
Pick up a copy of the Surf Highway 45 Touring Route
Guide from a Taranaki i-SITE Visitor Information Centre or
winding stream • 84km NE of New Plymouth
One of the first areas in New Zealand to be inhabited – even before the
arrival of the great Maori fleets of the 14th century – the area was settled by
four tribes, Ngati Tama, Ngati Mutunga, Ngati Maru and Te Atiawa, who can
trace their ancestry to the Tokomaru Canoe.
IMAGE CENTRE: Lower Mokau River © Department of Conservation
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Whitebaiting and fishing are
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Just north of
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This is a seaside city with a strong
cultural core and a bustling port. It’s
fast becoming a lifestyle destination
for big-city escapees keen to leave the
urban grind behind but retain all the
good things in life.
New Plymouth is enhanced by the
13km award-winning coastal walkway
running from Port Taranaki to Bell
Block. At the city’s hub is one of New
Zealand’s contemporary treasures,
Puke Ariki, an innovative museum-
library-information centre complex
adjacent to the sea.
The city is proud of its Govett-
Brewster Art Gallery, which for
decades has been identified as
one of the world’s most prestigious
contemporary galleries. The gallery
is home to kinetic artist Len Lye’s
extensive collection and the new Len
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Landing where the red 45m-tall Wind
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IMAGE LEFT: Festival of Lights © Taranaki
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THE HEART OF
Spring at Tupare Garden,
New Plymouth © Taranaki
GOOD FOR THE SOUL
TUPARE is a uniquely landscaped
heritage garden set in 3.6ha in New
Plymouth. It was established in 1932
as the home of Sir Russell and Lady
Matthews and their family, and
features a Chapman-Taylor designed
homestead in a breathtaking setting
among cultivated gardens.
he diverse, beautiful and rare plant
southern slopes of Mt Taranaki is the
lifetime work of renowned plantsman
Bernie Hollard. Stroll through the
intimate pathways that burst into large