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New PlymouthNew Zealand

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.

Top hotels in New Plymouth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Coronation Court Motel
Coronation Court Motel
3 out of 5
226 Coronation Avenue, New Plymouth
The price is NZ$89 per night

Situated in New Plymouth, this motel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Pukekura Park, Saint Mary's Church and Centre City Shopping Centre. TSB Showplace and East End ...

4.1/5Very Good! (142 reviews)

"Average place. Dated decor. Clean and tidy. Lower end price scale but had everything you need plus you get what you pay for. We were happy to stay."…"

Reviewed on 15 May 2020

Coronation Court Motel
Novotel New Plymouth Hobson
Novotel New Plymouth Hobson
4 out of 5
Cnr Of Hobson And Leach Streets, New Plymouth
The price is NZ$149 per night

Located in the heart of New Plymouth, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Centre City Shopping Centre, Pukekura Park and TSB Stadium. Wind Wand and Govett-Brewster ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (290 reviews)

"The price of the room. The parking was quite bad as there wasnt enough."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2020

Novotel New Plymouth Hobson
One Burgess Hill
One Burgess Hill
4.5 out of 5
1 Burgess Hill Rd, New Plymouth
The price is NZ$148 per night

Situated on the riverfront, this motel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Brooklands Zoo and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Pukekura Park. Bowl of Brooklands and TSB Stadium are ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (263 reviews)

"Fantastic accommodation in a beautiful setting. My children commented that the two-bedroom unit we stayed in was as big as our house."…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar. 2020

One Burgess Hill

Popular places to visit in New Plymouth

Bowl of Brooklands
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Bowl of Brooklands

4.5/5(86 reviews)

Enjoy the great outdoors with a picnic lunch and a bushwalk or watch a live concert at this one-of-a-kind venue set in a beautiful grass amphitheater.

Pukekura Park
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Pukekura Park

5/5(151 reviews)

Relax in the sun and see a diverse range of native and exotic plant life at one of the country’s premier botanical gardens.

Fitzroy Beach
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Fitzroy Beach

4.5/5(95 reviews)

This beautiful beach is surrounded by recreational facilities, including an 18-hole golf course, a children’s swimming pool and a grassy reserve.

Coastal Walkway
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Coastal Walkway

4.5/5(268 reviews)

Follow this extremely scenic promenade from city to sea and make the most of the diverse scenery, playgrounds and swimming beaches along the way.

Paritutu Rock
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Paritutu Rock

4.5/5(62 reviews)

Climb up the short, steep path to this vantage point for stunning views of the rugged Taranaki coastline, Sugar Loaf Islands and Tasman Sea.

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
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Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

4/5(68 reviews)

Discover why New Plymouth is one of New Zealand’s cultural capitals. Inspire your own creativity at this award-winning contemporary art gallery.

Top activities in New Plymouth

Stratford to The Republic by RailCart
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Stratford to The Republic by RailCart

NZ$303
Per adult

Reviews of New Plymouth

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 May 2020

Pukekura park is the best ive ever seen

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

25 Mar. 2020

More cafes would be good.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Mar. 2020

Fantastic city, love the vibe, lots of art and sculptures. A great variety of good places to eat, the beach and walkways are amazing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Mar. 2020

We love visiting New Plymouth. So many great activities & parks.

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