Taranaki - Like No Other
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Tourism presents a growing industry for Taranaki. Increasingly visitors are coming to experience the region's many attractions, events and breathtaking natural beauty.

Taranaki, located on the western seaboard of the North Island, is made up of New Plymouth district in the north, Stratford district in the centre, and South Taranaki district in the south. Each area encircles and accesses its own unique piece of Egmont National Park and Mt Taranaki.

Taranaki has two great touring routes – Surf Highway 45 and Forgotten World Highway 43. Surf Highway 45 is the country’s only dedicated surf touring route that runs along one of the best and most consistent surf coastlines in New Zealand. The 105km meandering route between New Plymouth and Hawera is a Mecca for surfers around the world, and is also renowned for its stunning sunsets, the pounding Tasman Sea, black sand beaches, local artists, gardens, producers and great seaside cafes.

Running between Stratford and Taumarunui, Forgotten World Highway 43 is a 155km journey that takes intrepid travellers on an intriguing and historic trip through New Zealand’s Maori and colonial heritage. The route threads through rugged eastern Taranaki hill country and sub-tropical rainforests, and has more than 20 sites of significance along or adjacent to the highway.

Other great regional attractions are Taranaki’s gardens and parks, such as the 52 hectare inner city Pukekura Park, Egmont National Park and Mt Taranaki, and the White Cliffs coastline in North Taranaki. The region is also home to fine restaurants with diverse menus, great cafes, a number of art galleries, and summer concert series that are the envy of other cities around the country.

The region also hosts a number of successful major events like the Taranaki Rhododendron and Garden Festival, the Festival of Lights, the Festival of Arts, World of Music Arts and Dance (WOMAD) and round the mountain cycle challenges. The region welcomes visitors and the development of its tourism industry in general.

There are also a number of excellent community websites for various rural towns and villages offering specialty local information.


Related Links
New Plymouth I-SITE
South Taranaki I-SITE
Stratford I-SITE
Inglewood Community Website
Opunake Community Website
Waitara Community Website
Tourism New Zealand
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