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Taranaki

Taranaki TRAVEL GUIDE

Taranaki is a mountainous and coastal region on the western side of North Island, New Zealand. The area reflects the influential Maori culture. Maori local tribes like Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Maru, Taranaki, Nga Rauru, Te Āti Awa, Ngāruahinerangi and Ngāti Tama can be found in this region. Tom Cruise starrer The Last Samurai movie set is on Mount Fuji. Taranaki provides endless adventurous activities from the fantastic surf breaks to a perfect volcanic peak. The region is between Auckland and Wellington. More than 12 the best in class surf breaks available on the wild and rugged coastline of Taranaki. It is a fantastic experience to visit the Cape Egmont lighthouse, the last working lighthouse of New Zealand. The hemispheric coastline with 180-degree ocean swells is a dream for skilled surfers. Tourists also visit Egmont National Park and explore the artist studio, excellent collection of galleries, and manicured gardens. Beautiful Victorian buildings and cheese factory attract visitors to visit Eltham. On the summit, hikers are rewarded with panoramic views accomplishing out over the north island and beyond. The 2518m summit is a tough complete day's walk and is usually recommended for knowledgeable & healthy hikers best. The 24km pouakai crossing is called the 'nice day walk inside the west', and for an excellent location. Walkthrough rural gardens, alongside coastal walkways or hike through the woodland. Egmont countrywide park is a lush and scenic reserve, with the snow-capped cone of mt Taranaki growing above it. Taranaki is the center for a thriving arts enterprise, boasting international-renowned artwork galleries, museums and a few of recent Zealand's pinnacle artists. Taranaki is likewise the house of the arena of music arts and dance which transforms the city every 12 months in march right into a kaleidoscope of song, movement, and color.

LOCATION

In the west of New Zealand's North Island

BEST TIME TO VISIT

November 19th to April 29th

WHY VISIT TARANAKI

Explore surf breaks and symmetric volcanic cone of Mt. Taranaki, river rafting, native forest hiking, snowboarding, thriving café culture, art trails, award-winning museums, and galleries, festivals

PLACES TO VISIT

Mount Fuji, Cape Egmont lighthouse, New Plymouth, Oakura, Eltham, Hawera, Inglewood, Opunake, Patea, Stratford, Waitara, Whangamomona, Egmont National Park, Puke Ariki,