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New Plymouth - My Home Town

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A November 2000 trip to Taranaki by auskiwi

Mount Taranaki - Taranaki Photo, Taranaki, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: Ah, New Plymouth, this is the home of my parents and family and my past stomping ground. The mountain, shrouded in clouds or mist, and the beaches, with their black volcanic sands, are always there to greet me on my countless journeys back there.

New Plymouth - My Home Town

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Overview

Mount Taranaki Photo, Taranaki, New Zealand
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Mount Taranaki (Egmont as it was previously known as) has to be the main highlight and prominent landmark of the small city and provides the local skiers/snowboarders with plenty of Winter activities. A walk up Parratutu, near the port area, is great exercise and you will be rewarded with a great view of the city, mountain and Tasman Sea. Pukeiti is famous for its gardens and flowering shurbs. Pukekura Park with its magnificant gardens, lake and bush settings, provides an escape from the surburban life, not that it's too hectic here. There is an outdoor concert arena situated within the parks limits and a small zoo. Not far from P...Read More

Okurukuru

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Restaurant

Okurukuru Photo, New Plymouth, New Zealand
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What’s at Okurukuru to enjoy? It has and is many things: – It is a café.– It is a restaurant.– It is a function centre.– It is New Plymouth’s first established winery.– It is an art gallery – with works of art that you can purchase.– It is a fantastic coastal lookout.Located in Omata, 15 minutes west from the centre of New Plymouth, Okurukuru function centre/restaurant is positioned on a hill top that has uninterrupted views of the ocean and of the surrounding countryside.This is a fantastic place to venture to:- For a stroll in the countryside and admiring the view.- For a late morning brunch, lunch or afternoon snack...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2006

Okurukuru
738 Surf Highway 45
Omata, New Zealand
+64 6 751 0787

Waiau Estate

Restaurant

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What’s at Waiau Estate to enjoy? It has and is many things: – It is a café.– It is a restaurant.– It is a function centre.– It is an art gallery – with works of art that you can purchase– It is located just a short walk from one of the areas great beaches.Located in Onaero, 20 minutes east from the centre of New Plymouth, Waiau Estate cafee/restaurant is positioned on a hill top that is a short leisurely stroll from the ocean and is nestled amongst shady trees and bushes.This is a fantastic place to venture to:- For a stroll in the countryside and admiring the view.- For a late morning brunch, lunch or afternoon snack – there is inside and outside se...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2006

Waiau Estate
19 Onaero Beach Road
Onaero , New Zealand
+64 6 752 3609

Seal Watching

Attraction

Seal Watching Photo, Taranaki, New Zealand
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I have just come back from a recent trip to New Plymouth and while I was there I happened to hear about how the wild seals in the area sunned themselves on the rocks at the old sea break at Port Taranaki. I ventured down there to take a look and was surprised at the number of them and how close I could get to them to get a few photos, mind you they did give a few protests at someone who got too close.

This is a free activity, but if you wish, there are boat trips, leaving from the port, that will take you out to the rocks just off the coast called Seal Rocks, where most of the seals can be found. Unfortunately I don't know the price of these trips.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 12, 2002

Seal Watching
The old sea break, Port Taranaki
Taranaki, New Zealand

Fitzroy to Port Taranaki Walkway Photo, Taranaki, New Zealand
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The city of New Plymouth has completed a fabulous walkway, on the coast, that winds it's way from New Plmouth's eastern coastal district called Fitzroy, along past the central city sea front area, to the Port in the west. The walkway is completely concreted and is suitable for skate boarders, roller skaters, push bike riders and walkers alike. On an overcast or sunny day, this is a great way to get a bit of fresh air and some gentle exercise. You don't have to walk the whole track as there are plenty of entry and exit points along the length of it.  These points are clearly indicated with bright yellow signs at the side of the road with the words "Coastal Walkway". ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 12, 2002

Fitzroy to Port Taranaki Walkway
Coast line from Fitzroy to the Port
Taranaki, New Zealand

Pukekura Park

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Attraction

Pukekura Park Photo, Taranaki, New Zealand
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Pukekura Park has several entrances, but the main gates are on Lemon Street just up from the city centre.Through these gates is the Pukekura park Oval, where in the summer you can sit on the grass terraces and watch the occassional game of Cricket or Athletics. You will have to pay an admission fee if it's a club game of cricket.If you keep following the road around the oval, you will come to an entrance into the park that leads you to the smaller of the two lakes on the park's property. This lake has a beautiful fountain that, when you pay $1, will give a wonderful water display. At Christmas, the fountain is decorated with colored lights.There is ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 20, 2002

Pukekura Park
Brooklands
Taranaki, New Zealand

New Plymouth Walkways

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Attraction | "Walkways"

New Plymouth Walkways Photo, Taranaki, New Zealand
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New Plymouth has many outdoor bush and parkland walkways, of different difficulties and lengths, to suit any outdoor adventurer seeker.Those being :-- The Coastal Walkway – which I have already covered in a previous review in this journal.- The Huatoki Walkway- The Te Henui Walkway- The Barrett Domain- Mangati Reserve- Hickford Coastal Park- Lake Rotomanu- Lake Mangamahoe- Burgess ParkI, myself, have not actually walked the entire length of any of the above mentioned walkways but I have used most of them partially.The Lake Rotomanu walkway is a link sector to the Coastal Walkway and is very popular with th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 31, 2006

New Plymouth Walkways
New Plymouth District
Taranaki, New Zealand

Beaches

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Story/Tip

Fitzroy to Port Taranaki Walkway Photo, New Plymouth, New Zealand
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New Plymouth has a significant stretch of coastline—including many surf beaches with black volcanic sands, vast stretches of remote rugged rocky outcrops and areas of tall towering cliffs.Urenui is approximately a 1 hour drive north of New Plymouth and is where my family and I used to go camping. There is a large camping ground/caravan park situated a stones throw away from the beach. Going to Urenui used to be summer holiday ritual for many other family groups. It has the benefit of having the river—great swimming for the younger kids—and then the surf beach which is great fun for all.Fitzroy Beach and East End Beach are very popular places for the people of New Plymouth to c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 3, 2006

Puke Ariki Museum and Library

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Attraction | "New Plymouth Library/Café/Museum/Visitor Informati"

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Located at 1 Ariki Street, New Plymouth, Puke Ariki is a multi-functional building structure that consists of two main building – the first building, the smaller of the two, has a Library, a Research Centre, a Café and the second larger building, closest to the ocean has a Museum, Galleries for exhibits and a Visitor Information Centre in the other building closest to the ocean.The Library and research Centre is, obviously, where the residents of New Plymouth and visitors to New Plymouth can go to browse through books – with residents being able to borrow books – and research articles in newspapers, microfiche documents and the like. The Daily News Café is located on the first leve...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2006

Puke Ariki Museum and Library
1 Ariki Street, Private Bag 2025
New Plymouth, Taranaki 4342
64 (6) 759 6060

St. Mary's Church

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Attraction | "St. Marys Church"

St. Mary's Church Photo, Taranaki, New Zealand
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Located on Vivian Street, just at the foot of Marsland Hill and a 10 minute walk from the centre of New Plymouth, St Marys was one of the first structures erected by the Europeon Settlers in the mid 1800’s and is possibly the oldest remaining church in New Zealand.The main building of St Marys is made of stone with a slate tiled roof and has many beautiful preserved stained glass windows. There are several hatchments to different infantry groups, war memorials and a Maori memorial scattered around the internal walls of the church and within the baptistery. The Maori memorial has wooden panels carved with traditional Maori designs which all have a story to tell.Ther...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2006

St. Mary's Church
37 Vivian Street
New Plymouth, New Zealand
+64 (6) 758 3111

2 days in Whangarei, North Auckland

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Story/Tip

Whangarei Heads Photo, Northland, New Zealand
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Before heading down to New Plymouth, on my last trip over there, I went to visit a friend of mine in Whangarei. Whangarei is situated approximately 2 1/2 hours north of Auckland on the east coast and is a great harbour city (by New Zealand's standards it's a city). My friend, Sharon, who I met while travelling around Europe, lives in the small harbour town called Whangarei Heads. She has just recently campleted a design course and has a job at Vortex, A designer studio, located at Whangarei Wharf. She was working and has done some great things with clay and weaving as she is part Maori and has been very influenced by their arts and crafts. Unfortunately I didn't get to see much on this...Read More

Mount Taranaki (Egmont)

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Story/Tip

The view from the Cabin Sites Photo, Taranaki, New Zealand
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Mount Taranaki is Taranaki's highest peak and is, in fact, the only mountain in the area.During winter, the mountain has plenty of snow at the top, but the snow hardly ever comes below the ranges.The mountain only has one ski field, and therefore is only really popular with the locals and people visiting the area at the time. The ski field can only be reached from the Stratford side of the mountain and there is only one road up to the Stratford Mountain House. At the mountain house you have to park your car and hike in the rest of the way on a narrow pathway that will take you around the small gorge to the ski field. I haven't been around here as I have an aversion to...Read More
The modet train park - Wanganui Photo, Taranaki, New Zealand
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My brother and his family live in Wanagnui, so whenever I am over there visiting New Plymouth I make the effort to go down for a day, at least. Wanganui is approximately a 2 hour drive south of New Plymouth, and is situated on the Wanganui River, not far from the ocean. It is one of the original old river towns and therefore has many historic houses and businesses. On the Wanganui River you can travel by an old, refurbished, steamer boat, to a tourist shopping area on the banks, futher up the river. There is a porcelin doll shop, a souvenir shop and a cafe on the river bank. You can then get back on the boat for the return trip. This is a very pleasant way to spend an hour or so. ...Read More

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auskiwi

auskiwi
Tacoma, Australia

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