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Best things to do in Taranaki

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Racetrack
“Beautiful park in the middle of New Plymouth where the Festival of Lights are held each year. Play ground for the kids. Brooklands Zoo is beside the park and is great for kids.”
57 locals recommend
History Museum
“Puke Ariki is a fantastic museum about Taranaki life. It is also a great education centre, and is home to New Plymouth Information Centre.”
32 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The famous Len Lye Museum is in town and is filled with the creations of Len Lye and other artists. You cannot miss the museum as it a piece of modern art!”
32 locals recommend
Mountain
“Stratford heart of Taranaki .Mount Egmont nation park is the dominant. Skiing ,walking tracks&trails so much more for your fun and enjoy ”
24 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Great wee climb with a great view. A bit of boulder climbing involved, with some fixed ropes but our 5 year old gets up there ok. About 45 minutes round trip. Run down back beach sand dunes afterwards. ”
25 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Great shopping centre, good place to go on a rainy day. Approximately 20 minute drive.”
10 locals recommend
Museum
“This Museum is absolutely steeped in history. A must see for any visitor to Taranaki. Approximately 55 minute drive.”
12 locals recommend
Museum
“The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is New Zealand's contemporary art museum and home to the collection of modernist filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye.”
11 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Great food and coffee, however this place is very popular so often a queue and can be incredibly noisey.”
11 locals recommend
Bridge
“Stunning bridge across the Waiwakaiho River. Features a spirling whale bone rail with views of Mt Taranaki on a clear day. ”
13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great food, always leave with a full belly! Not on the main street, but well worth the detour!”
15 locals recommend
Park
“Absolutely amazing walkway here in New Plymouth. You can walk from the Port to Bell Block and see some stunning views on the way.”
17 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“45m high wind wand, designed by Len Lye and built after his death to celebrate new millennium. Often activities scheduled at or near it's base. Located along the Coastal Walkway with fantastic views.”
12 locals recommend
Establishment
“Internationally recognised garden with one of the most diverse collections of rhododendrons on display anywhere in the world. Sheltered from south-easterlies, a good option for particularly windy days. On-site cafe.”
11 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Such a lovely supermarket, you will drive past two others to get there but it's only slightly further away and is just a nice shopping experience.”
3 locals recommend
Route
“Fantastic walkway for walking, biking, scooting, running etc, starts at the port and ends in Bell Block. A 12.7 kilometre stretch. Many beaches and playgrounds to stop and picnic at along the way.”
9 locals recommend