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TOP: THE 2518M PEAK OF MOUNT TARANAKI OFFERS 

LEGENDARY ADVENTURES WHATEVER THE SEASON.

INSET LEFT: THE SPECTACULAR WALK TO WILKIES POOLS, 

25 MINUTES ABOVE DAWSON FALLS VISITOR CENTRE.

INSET RIGHT: THE POUAKAI TARNS OFFER ONE OF THE 

BEST VIEWS OF THE SUMMIT.

Photos: Rob Tucker/Jeremy Beckers

A Mythical Mountain


Walking and 

cycling adventures

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 

enthusiasm.

A guide to Taranaki’s many walking routes is available 

from the region’s i-site visitor centres or from 



www.visit.taranaki.info.

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 

cyclist. 

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. 


With its rich volcanic soil and 

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 

New Zealand

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



An arts destination

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 

from www.visit.taranaki.info

Photos: Patrick Reynolds/Rob Tucker



NEW PLYMOUTH’S INNOVATIVE 

PUKE ARIKI (TOP) AND SOUTH 

TARANAKI’S REMARKABLE 

TAWHITI MUSEUM.

Museums of 

almost everything

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.



Spectacular

Events


Taranaki has earned a 

reputation as the events capital 

of New Zealand. Here’s why: 

TSB Bank Festival of Lights,

 13 Dec 2015 – 23 Jan 



2016 – beautiful Pukekura Park comes alive after dark.

BDO Around the Mountain Cycle Challenge,

 30 Jan 



2016 – 150km around Mount Taranaki – an iconic cycle 

challenge.



Tropfest,

 27 Feb 2016 – short fi lm fi nalists in a 

spectacular outdoor setting.

AmeriCARna,

 24-27 Feb 2016 – the largest celebration 

of American car culture takes over Taranaki.



Bayleys Mountain to Surf Marathon,

 5 Mar 2016 

– mostly downhill course from Egmont National Park 

to Waitara.



Sol3 Mio,

 5 Mar 2016 – catch operatic sensations at the 

equally spectacular TSB Bowl of Brooklands.

WOMAD,

 18-20 Mar 2016 – spectacular three-

day festival at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands and 

surrounding park.



ITU Sprint Triathlon World Cup,

 3 Apr 2016 

– top triathletes sample Taranaki’s landscape in short 

course action.

New Zealand Surf Festival, 

16-27 Apr 2016 

– top surfers of all ages take on Taranaki’s waves.

Photos: Rob Tucker

Spectacular

Events

Naki Run Amuck,

 15 May 2016 – a running race with 

a diff erence: river crossings, mud and sand.



Taranaki Arts Trail,

 11-12 Jun 2016 – add to your 

collection with exclusive access to Taranaki’s studios.

Taranaki Daily News Fashion Art Awards, 

10 Sep 

2016 – a family friendly extravaganza of wearable art.

Mike’s Oktoberfest,

 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 

garden festivals.



Oakura Arts Trail,

 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.



New Zealand Tattoo and Art Festival,

 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


The Forgotten 

World Highway

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.

Photos: Rob Tucker

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 

native bush. 

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



Surf 

Highway 45

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. 

Photos: Rob Tucker

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 

nearby museum.

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 

in between.

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 

download from www.visit.taranaki.info



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Mokau


North Taranaki

     MOKAU

 

winding stream • 84km NE of New Plymouth



INTRIGUING

North Taranaki



HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT

White Cliffs of Mokau • ABOVE: North Taranaki coastline 

BOTH: © Rob Tucker/Venture Taranaki

NORTH TARANAKI WAS ONE OF THE 

FIRST AREAS IN NEW ZEALAND TO 

BE INHABITED – EVEN BEFORE 

THE ARRIVAL OF THE GREAT 

MAORI FLEETS OF THE 14TH 

CENTURY.

W

ith its intense 

Maori and colonial 

history, North Taranaki 

is an intriguing mix of 

beaches, golf courses, 

art and crafts, gardens, 

walkways and sites of historical 

significance. 

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

Come, Discover, Mokau River on the Big Blue Boat, M.V. Glen Royal. 

We take you up river past whitebait jetties and magnificent native forest. 

Ian has lots of stories to tell and photos to show, of coal, steam ships  

and timber milling. Provided is a delicious Devonshire Tea. 

Te Mahoe Rd, Mokau • 06 752 9036 • mokaurivertours@yahoo.co.nz

BOOK NOW

 

0800 66 52 82

www.mokauriver.co.nz

• Relax & unwind in our new luxurious apartments  

or ground-floor units

• All spacious and immaculately clean

• Stay with us and enjoy fantastic riv

er, sea & mountain views

• Tariff: from $95 (single), $110-$13

5 (double),  

$20 each extra person

53 Main Rd, Mokau 

Phone: 

06 752 9725



MOKAU

MOTEL


www.mokaumotels.co.nz

Café, restaurant, campground, cabins and holiday cottage.

Famous for our Whitebait Fritters, home-made cakes and pies, full takeaway menu. 

BYO Restaurant • Cabins: Each has a kitchen • Campground: Large kitchen & TV lounge 

• Fully self-contained holiday cottage.

55 North Street, Mokau

Ph: 06 752 9713

Email: clareanddave@clear.net.nz

Your Hosts:

Clare and Dave Harding

www.whitebaitinn.co.nz



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Urenui / Waitara

Urenui

 URENUI 

after Tuurenui, son of the chief Manaia • 32km NE of New Plymouth



 WAITARA 

 

river crossed by long steps • 16km NE of New Plymouth



airy farms, hill country 

beef and sheep farms  

and energy make up the 

economic base of the North 

Taranaki communities, but 

other sources have also made 

an impact. 

Whitebaiting and fishing are 

popular in 

Mokau and many 

visitors arrive to either kayak or 

cruise the Mokau River. The bush 

along the river banks retains much 

of its original splendour. 

Just north of 



Urenui is the White 

Cliffs Walkway with, yes, dramatic 

white cliffs, the Three Sisters rock 

formations and the historic Te Horo 

stock tunnel. Check the tides if 

you’re planning a beach walk.



D

Waitara was one 

of the first areas 

in the region to be 

settled by Maori and 

important heritage 

sites are found here 

including Manukorihi  

Pa and the magnificent 

carved meeting house 

completed in 1936. 



IMAGE LEFT: 

Mokau © Waitomo District 

Council

URENUI BAY MOTEL

•  Quiet coastal town. Close to beach.

•  1min to café, shops, pub, takeaways.

•  2 studio units, sleeps 3. 1 family unit, sleeps 5.

•  Laundry, BBQ, Sky TV, parking.

•  Tariff: $110-$130,  

extra person $10.

6 Nikorima St, Urenui • P/F: 06 752 3771

www.urenuibaymotel.co.nz • E: ubmotel@gmail.com

1147 Main North Rd, SH 3, Onaero  

Ph: 06 752 3643  Email: onaerobay@xtra.co.nz

www.onaerobay.co.nz

Picturesque family camp 11.5km north of Waitara, 30min drive from 

New Plymouth and situated on both sides of the bush‑surrounded estuary 

of the Onaero River. Fishing and whitebaiting in season. 5min to Urenui 

boat ramp and golf course. Your Hosts: Brad & Anita



Urenui Beach Rd, Urenui, Taranaki 4349

Phone: 06 752 3838 Email: urenuibeachcamp@xtra.co.nz 

www.urenuibeachcamp.co.nz

Friendly family camp with clean and modern amenities.

Located off State Highway 3, 2km north of Urenui township, 

30km from New Plymouth.

 

Your Hosts: Ian, Teresa, Liam & Aidan Hayston 



Masonic Hotel

9 McLean St, Waitara

 

|

 



PHONE

 

06 754 8070



Masonic Hotel Waitara is a newly renovated 8-room 

boutique hotel situated 15km NE of New Plymouth.

Rooms feature separate ensuite, flatscreen TV,  

coffee and tea-making facilities, luxury bed linen,  

WiFi and air-conditioning/heat pumps.

EMAIL 

bookings@masonicwaitara.co.nz



WEBSITE 

www.masonicwaitara.co.nz



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New Plymouth

New Plymouth

 NEW PLYMOUTH 

after Plymouth, Devon 160km NW of Whanganui on SH 3



New Plymouth

MORE THAN 50,000 PEOPLE RESIDE IN THIS VERY 

LIVEABLE CITY WHERE OLD ARCHITECTURE MELDS 

WITH MODERN DESIGN AND EXCEPTIONAL 

ATTRACTIONS MAKE THIS A PLACE ‘LIKE NO OTHER’.

ew Plymouth is an 

eclectic mix of diverse 

cultures, contemporary style 

and a traditional friendliness 

that has characterised New 

Zealand since colonial times.

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 

Lye Centre. A superb example of 

his work can be found at Puke Ariki 

Landing where the red 45m-tall Wind 

Wand bends and bows to the fickle 

sea breezes.

IMAGE LEFT: Festival of Lights © Taranaki 

Daily News

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth

hydroslides 

climbing wall

Make your next visit to New Plymouth a truly rewarding 

experience and stay with us.

162 Devon St E, New Plymouth | 0800 NPHOTELS 

www.thestatehotel.co.nz

Located in the heart of New Plymouth’s CBD, a 

refurbished boutique hotel offers a vibrant on-site 

restaurant and is located within 10 minutes walk to The 

Len Lye Centre, waterfront and TSB Bowl of Brooklands.

• FREE


 SKY 50+, WiFi, and Snap Fitness Gym. 

• Air-conditioned rooms with NZ art on display. 

• 100m to foreshore walkway.

Puke Ariki

C

ome and be amazed! Puke Ariki is a 



purpose-built, fully integrated museum

library and visitor information centre that 

has set the standard in the creative delivery 

of information and heritage services.

There are books galore, music, films, 

activities, internet access and two cafés  

that are ‘the’ places to be. Taranaki is a 

region steeped in culture and the museum 

tells the stories of Taranaki’s past, present 

and future. A number of exhibitions are held 

throughout the year, as well as displays, 

collections and interactive technology on 

permanent display.

A STRIKING 

LANDMARK IN 

THE HEART OF 

NEW PLYMOUTH.


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New Plymouth

New Plymouth

Spring at Tupare Garden, 

New Plymouth © Taranaki 

Regional Council

Gardens

Luscious

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. 

T

he diverse, beautiful and rare plant 



collection at the 4.5ha 

HOLLARD 

GARDENS at Kaponga on the 

southern slopes of Mt Taranaki is the 

lifetime work of renowned plantsman 

Bernie Hollard. Stroll through the 

intimate pathways that burst into large 

open lawns.




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