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New Plymouth
Travel Guide

New Plymouth featuring a bridge, a river or creek and mountains

Taranaki’s commercial and cultural hub is known for its gardens, international arts festivals and long-distance walking tracks through natural areas offering spectacular views.

Visit New Plymouth for outstanding museums, art galleries and Māori cultural attractions. Known as the main gateway to Taranaki, the city is the ideal place to base yourself when exploring some of the region’s top natural areas.

Cycling, bushwalking and swimming are just some of the activities available in this charming city. Wander along a coastal promenade or relax on one of New Plymouth’s sandy beaches, such as the popular Fitzroy Beach. As well as restaurants and cafés with outdoor seating, the city is home to a number of great wine bars where you can sample New Zealand’s best wines.

Pukekura Park is one of the city’s most popular attractions. The 52-hectare (128-acre) park contains exquisite formal gardens, bushwalking paths and children’s playgrounds. Admire a diverse collection of indigenous and exotic flora in the park’s fernery and display houses. Pukekura Park hosts one of the country’s premier international arts festivals, WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance), in March.

The Coastal Walkway is a long-distance walking path with outstanding views of the ocean and city. The promenade is also ideal for cycling and jogging. As you make your way along this walkway take in beautiful beaches, jagged cliffs and picturesque farmland areas. Stop and admire the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, a fascinating architectural structure and a highlight of the walkway.

Spend a day exploring the city’s museums and art galleries. Govett-Brewster Art Gallery displays modern artworks and is known for its collection of works by New Zealand-born modernist filmmaker and sculptor, Len Lye. The gallery also features a cinema, a café and a museum. Stop at Puke Ariki, a combined museum and library with many artefacts relating to Taranaki’s Māori heritage.

Drive to New Plymouth from Auckland in less than 5 hours or fly into New Plymouth Airport, just 11 kilometres (7 miles) from the centre of the city. With waterfront hotels, lodges and self-catered apartments, you’ll find accommodations to suit your needs while you relax and enjoy New Plymouth.

The Devon Hotel A Heritage Hotel
The Devon Hotel A Heritage Hotel
4 out of 5
390 Devon Street East, New Plymouth
The price is NZ$99 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in the heart of New Plymouth, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of East End Reserve and Fitzroy Beach. Centre City Shopping Centre and Wind Wand ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (986 reviews)
"Nice and tidy nice room good pool and spa"

Reviewed on 14 May 2021

The Devon Hotel A Heritage Hotel
Millennium Hotel New Plymouth, Waterfront
Millennium Hotel New Plymouth, Waterfront
4 out of 5
1 Egmont Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki
The price is NZ$189 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Offering direct access to the beach, this New Plymouth CBD hotel is in the city centre, steps away from Puke Ariki and Wind Wand. Observatory and Pukekura Park ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (626 reviews)
"Lovely being close to the sea. Excellent restaurant excellent service."

Reviewed on 10 May 2021

Millennium Hotel New Plymouth, Waterfront
Novotel New Plymouth Taranaki
Novotel New Plymouth Taranaki
4 out of 5
Cnr Of Hobson And Leach Streets, New Plymouth
The price is NZ$161 per night from 13 Jun. to 13 Jun.
Located in the heart of New Plymouth, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Centre City Shopping Centre, Pukekura Park and TSB Stadium. Wind Wand ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (350 reviews)
"Stayed another night as we liked it so much"

Reviewed on 26 Apr. 2021

Novotel New Plymouth Taranaki
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park
Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park
2.5 out of 5
1d Beach St, Fitzroy, New Plymouth
The price is NZ$111 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Offering direct access to the beach, this New Plymouth cabin is on the boardwalk, steps away from Fitzroy Beach and East End Reserve. Fitzroy Golf Club and Te ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (60 reviews)
"The best location where near the beach. and everything else!"

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2020

Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park
The Residence Fitzroy
The Residence Fitzroy
3 out of 5
1 Clemow Rd, New Plymouth, Taranaki
The price is NZ$143 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Situated in New Plymouth, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of East End Reserve, Fitzroy Golf Club and Fitzroy Beach. Te Rewa Rewa Bridge and ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"I stayed in the 1 room penthouse apartment, it was extremely nice and well appointed. The bathroom was absolutely beautiful and the triple headed shower was great. I enjoyed the view from my room and the location was perfect within easy walk to cafes and eateries. It was easy to find and parking ..."

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2020

The Residence Fitzroy
Stunning new Apartment 100mtrs From the Beach!
Stunning new Apartment 100mtrs From the Beach!
18 Hamblyn Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki
Situated in New Plymouth, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of East End Reserve and Fitzroy Beach. Fitzroy Golf Club and Centre City Shopping Centre are ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Excellent home away from home
"Lovely modern property close to Coastal Walkway."

Reviewed on 30 Apr. 2021

Stunning new Apartment 100mtrs From the Beach!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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3 Jun. 2020

Town has a nice vibe....

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1 Jun. 2020

A great place to stay for a long weekend!

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17 May 2020

Pukekura park is the best ive ever seen

5/5 - Excellent

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17 May 2020

A big high 5 to the walking tracks which are very well maintained, amazing how the boardwalks are built and maintained. Thank you

5/5 - Excellent

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7 Apr. 2020

There is a homely feel about this city ... we came for a birthday/wedding ... we came knowing a handful and left knowing a tribe full ... absolutely fabulous

4/5 - Good

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25 Mar. 2020

More cafes would be good.

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