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New Plymouth

The City Of Events

  • General Information

    Other Name: -, District: New Plymouth , State: Taranaki, New Zealand
    Area: 0 -
    Languages Spoken: English and Maori
    Long Distance Code: 06
    Importance: The best place in New Zealand to live, love, work and raise a family
    Best Time to Visit: December to February and September
    International Access: Connecred to all the major cities of New Zealand.
  • Description

    New Plymouth is the port and main city in the Taranaki region on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is named after Plymouth, Devon, England, from where the first English settlers came. New Plymouth won the Top Town award from North and South Magazine in 2008 (judged "the best place in New Zealand to live, love, work and raise a family"),as well a Whole City award, the Sustainable Projects Award for the Coastal Walkway and a Community Sustainability award at the International Awards for Liveable Communities held in China.
  • Location

    New Plymouth is the port and main city in the Taranaki region on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is named after Plymouth, Devon, England, from where the first English settlers came.
  • Climate

    New Plymouth has a warm, moist, temperate climate. The average summer afternoon temperature is 21-22 °C (70-72°F); average summer night-time temperature is 12-13 °C (54-55°F). In winter the average afternoon temperature is 13-14 °C (55-57°F) and night-time temperature is 5-6 °C (41-43°F). The average annual rainfall is 1,432 mm (56.4 in).
Quiet setting in 7-acre valley surrounded by native forest and brook, an environmentally-friendly location. Lodges sleep 100; log cabin sleeps 2-12; campsites. Modern communal facilities: fully equipped kitchen/dining with cutlery, pots and utensils, fridge/freezer, microwave; toilet/hot showers, email, cardphone, laundry, linen hire. Conference room, safe off-street parking. Groups, schools and sports teams our specialty. Closest holiday park to central New Plymouth; within walking distance of all amenities (1.5km); views of Mount Egmont/Taranaki. Tariff: lodge room - share $28, single $65, double/twin $75; log cabin $30/person; campsite $18/person; a percentage of fees donated to our environmental protection projects. All credit cards, Eftpos. Member TIANZ, NZTIA, BACNZ, YHANZ. KiwiHost. Qualmark 3-star plus Backpacker.
A trip to New Plymouth or Taranaki is not complete without experiencing the beautiful region from the air with Heliview Taranaki. Fly over the city, amazing coastline, or over the 8,260ft (2518m) summit of spectacular Mount Taranaki (Mt Egmont National Park). From sunrise to sunset - Heliview provides helicopter flights, giving you a memorable experience that will be sure to take your breath away. Heliview Taranaki takes great pride in providing immaculately presented helicopters and is Civil Aviation Authority certified for day and night passenger flights. We are Qualmark endorsed, and a member of the Tourist Flight Operators, ensuring that we maintain top quality procedures and facilities for our customers. So if you are looking for things to do around New Plymouth and Taranaki, give us a call - we look forward to giving you a fantastic helicopter ride! Helicopter sightseeing is our game.

Puke Ariki sets out to inspire creativity by creating stunning exhibitions that highlight Taranaki''s past, present and future. A combined museum, library and information centre. Taranaki is a region steeped in history and Puke Ariki (Hill of Chiefs) stands on an original pa site of the great Maori Chief, Te Rangi Apiti Rua around 1700. The pa was deserted and approximately 100 years later it became the landing place for colonial settlers. Puke Ariki is located opposite Len Lye''s Wind Wand in central New Plymouth.

There are a number of galleries featuring contemporary exhibitions, Taranaki past life, Taranaki geology, flora and fauna, Maori collections (Taonga) and theatre featuring short films on Taranaki life.
Have a splash at the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre! Here you’ll find New Zealand’s tallest hydroslide – a 16m-high turboslide, next to a more sedate 14m-high slide – as well as an awesome wave pool, spa, sauna, indoor and outdoor pools for all ages (including an outdoor diving pool), gym and cafe. It’s safe and warm year-round fun for the entire family!

Taranaki offers a region like no other. Bordered by dramatic native bush to the east and the dynamic Tasman Sea to the west, the province wraps itself around the perfect peak of Mt Taranaki. Taranaki has a rich history of both war and peace, and the scars of its past are visible in the ancient Maori Pa as you drive around Surf Highway 45, or in the pioneering efforts of the settlers as you explore New Zealand''s first official touring route, the Forgotten World Highway. The best places to brush up on this history are the region''s many amazing museums, from Nigel Ogle''s Tawhiti Museum in South Taranaki to New Plymouth''s Puke Ariki, or one of the many other private and public museums in between.

You will find Taranaki a vibrant province, with cutting-edge contemporary art and a bustling local arts scene, a range of sporting and cultural events that are the envy of the rest of the country, and a vibrant cafe scene with seriously good coffee, great wine, and delicious home baking. Beyond the urban areas Taranaki boasts some of the world''s best surf breaks, a seemingly endless network of walks on the picture-perfect cone of Mt Taranaki, and beautiful rivers, lakes, beaches and gardens of international significance to explore. Whatever your reasons for visiting, Taranaki will win your heart, offering you an experience that is truly ''like no other''.