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Places To Visit In Taranaki New Zealand

Updated on December 28, 2015

Mount Egmont/Taranaki in the heart of Taranaki - Stratford

Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley
Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley

Taranaki - North Island New Zealand

Taranaki region has a population of 114,800 (June 2014 estimate).

These are the main towns in Taranaki.

The main centre of the Taranaki region is the city of New Plymouth which is a picture of beauty, it has just under half the residents for the population of Taranaki.

Then there's Stratford - The heart of Taranaki, right under Mount Egmont/Taranaki.

Also Hawera in South Taranaki, where the beautiful tower is situated, you can see it towering among the hillside approaching Hawera from the south.

Taranaki, New Zealand - Lifestyle Like No Other.

Farming And Energy Production Characterizes The Taranaki Economy.

The region’s soil and abundant rainfall create ideal conditions for dairy farming, and Taranaki was the first specialised dairying area in New Zealand.

Taranaki remains one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent dairying regions.

Farming beef cattle and sheep in the high country.

Crude oil and gas in the region, both on- and off-shore, brings income and jobs which make Taranaki a go-ahead place in New Zealand.

Liquid condensate from the Kapuni field is pumped to New Plymouth for storage before shipment to the Marsden Point refinery at Whangarei.

Kapuni In Taranaki

In 1982 Natural Gas Corporation's sister company Petrochem, set up a plant next door at Kapuni to use the natural gas and catalysts to fix nitrogen in the air to make ammonium gas.

The Gas was then converted into Granular Urea for use as a fertilizer it was a very exciting time in Taranaki, I remember it clearly.

Kapuni has seen a lot of first's in New Zealand.

It was found in the first modern oil exploration programs.

First gas field to be commercially developed.

Also first major direct government involvement in the petrochemical industry.

It was the birth of the nation's petrochemical industry and herald.

Kapuni put Taranaki position as the petrochemical heart of New Zealand.

Taranaki In The North Island Of New Zealand

Taranaki Has Two Major Power Stations.

New Plymouth Thermal Power Station is the second largest thermal power station in the country.

The Stratford Gas Turbine Power Station began operation in 1976.
Most of the gas used to fire the station’s generators is from the Maui field, although smaller amounts come from the local Waihapa/Ngaere field.

A second power station has also been constructed at Stratford.

Snow Fun Below The Mountain Reserve In Taranaki.

Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley
Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley

Beauty Of Taranaki

Mount Egmont/Taranaki a very attractive mountain, that soars from the heart of Taranaki with its 2510 meter Peak, it last erupted in the mid-18th century.

On a clear day, you can see Mount Ruapehu with Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe glowing white with snow clad slopes to the east of the centre of the North Island.

Taranaki has a very interesting national park, and two marine reserves, iron sand beaches and great surf, wonderful lakes, a vibrant arts and crafts scene, gourmet cafes and restaurants, museums and galleries and a range of activities for those with a sense of fun and adventure. Taranaki – like no other.

Te Rewa Rewa Bridge - New Plymouth.


Experiences To Enjoy In Taranaki, New Zealand

1. You can, pedal a wind wanderer, ride a bike, take your dog for a walk, exercise yourself while pushing your child in a stroller along New Plymouth coastal walkway.

2. Take a walk across the new Te Rewa Rewa bridge. The bridge is part of the northern extension to the Coastal Walkway, connecting New Plymouth with. it was officially opened on 5 June 2010. In July 2010, its first full month of operation, the bridge was used by 55,756 cyclists and pedestrians.

3. Explore the mysterious Forgotten World Highway in East Taranaki.

4. Stroll the pretty 52ha Pukekura Park.

5. Enjoy one of Taranaki's exciting art and music festivals.

6. Visit the exquisite rhododendrons at Pukeiti.

7. Take your board on a road trip along Surf Highway 45.

8 Relax on Oakura Beach and see the world's biggest surfboard.

9. Walk up, on or around iconic Mt Egmont/Taranaki.

10.Take in the galleries and exhibitions of this artistic area, on the shores of North Taranaki.

11. Todd Energy Aquatic Centre a swimming complex located adjacent to the Coastal Walkway.

12. Shop in Centre City Mall.

13. Take a family visit to the Devon Hotel and enjoy a buffet meal at Marbles.

14. Visit Manganui - Stratford Mountain House, on Mount Taranaki, have a meal, ski, stay overnight.

15. Visit Lake Mangamahoe.

16. Visit Brooklands Zoo.

17. Christmas carols at the Bowl of Brooklands.

18. Visit the beautiful Lake Mangamahoe.

Awesome Helicopter Flight over New Zealand's Mount Taranaki Volcano.

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Lake Mangamahoe


The main lake's attractions are taking photos especially of the mountain, (you can see it in the back ground of the above photo.)

The lake includes geese, ducks, you can go for a forest walk, ride a mountain bike, great track.

It's a place to relax after a long trip in the air before you start exploring around Taranaki, and it's not far from New Plymouth.

Coastline As You Travel Into Taranaki From Auckand

Photo credit - Elsie Hagley
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    • kiwinana profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting about the name Hawera, I just googled it, "How many places in the world are named Hawera", didn't really get an answer.

      Maybe I should do a study and write a article about it.

      Thanks for your visit, appreciate it.

      Happy 2016.

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      Bill Russo 

      5 years ago from Cape Cod

      Hi Elsie. I just love this. A great read and when I get rich I want to see it all. I just got confused by one thing. I thought that Hawera was that new American state, where Barack OBama was born !! !!

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      sujaya venkatesh 

      5 years ago

      wish i had so much money

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      Robert Morgan 

      5 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ

      Hey Elsie, Just checking in. Make sure you let me know when you are on next time. Pray, you are doing well. Best to the family.Blessings, Bobby...This is a great hub by the way.

    • kiwinana profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Nadine May: Thanks for visiting, does your son live in New Zealand?

      July would be a very cold month in July, I have stayed there by the lake in the winter, it was so cold, I should be used off the cold living by a mountain all my life, but it's a different cold it's freezing when there's a frost.

      Must write an article about Taupo.

      Did you get some nice photos?

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      Nadine May 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What a great article. No wonder my son loves New Zealand. I have been to Taupo during July. Great pictures.

    • kiwinana profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes, life is wonderful, we are very lucky what beauty the world gives us.

      Sea and snow what else do we need to have fun?

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      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      oh the sea and the snow are so inviting, wonderful pictures

    • kiwinana profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Larry for the nice comment, appreciate it.

      It would be great if we could visit all the countries we want to, but that's not always possible for us, so by viewing other writers articles we can get the feeling of having been there even if it's only for a few minutes.

      We can always live on a dream.


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      Larry Rankin 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      I very much want to go to New Zealand. I just don't know if I'll ever get the chance.

      Beautiful hub.

    • kiwinana profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      colorfulone: Taranaki is a wonderful place to live, you have the coastal seas all around and you can visit New Plymouth, then within 30 minutes you can be on Mount Egmont/Taranaki and having fun with the family playing with snow or going for a walk along the tracks and viewing the whole of the eastside of Taranaki.

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      Susie Lehto 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      I'm so glad I stopped by to learn about Taranki. It is one of those far away places that I will not experience personally. It looks beautiful!

    • fadiasabra1 profile image


      6 years ago from beirut

      I hope someday to visit Newzealand and Tranaki sure..

    • kiwinana profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      thumbi7: Te Rewa Rewa Bridge is very modern, it is on the 10 km's coastal walkway along the coast in New Plymouth a real treat to enjoy.

    • kiwinana profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      fadiasabra1: Thanks for visiting and commenting, nice to meet you and pleased you have now seen and heard a little about Taranaki NZ.

      One day you may visit, we have cold winters, but beautiful summers.

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      6 years ago from beirut

      Taranki, it looks so beautiful place to visit, it's a new place I heared about for the first time, nice article Elsie

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      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      Nice description and photos

      Te Rewa Rewa Bridge looks fashionable :)

      Voted up and shared


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