7 Things You Must Not Miss Out Doing in Taranaki

7 Things you must not miss out doing in Taranaki
7 Things you must not miss out doing in Taranaki

What are the things you must not miss out on doing in Taranaki? Make a chance to travel to Taranaki, where you can experience the best of New Zealand’s mountains-to-sea experiences.

Taranaki is a region located on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is known for its fertile agricultural lands, rugged coastline, and abundant natural beauty.

The region has several popular tourist attractions, including the Taranaki Cathedral in New Plymouth, the Taranaki National War Memorial in Inglewood, and the Pukekura Park Botanical Gardens.

These are the best things you must not miss out on in Taranaki!

1. Climb Paritutu Rock

Climb Paritutu Rock
Climb Paritutu Rock

This volcanic rock sticks out like a limb between the New Plymouth beaches, Ngamotu Beach and Back Beach.

It would be best if you climbed this mountain to get a view over New Plymouth and some of the Taranaki coastline. It is the remnants of what’s left from an ancient volcano nearly two million years ago.

The climb begins on the northern side and is steep to the top. However, once achieved, it will be all worth it as it offers some of the best views of the New Plymouth coastline.

2. Dawson Falls

Dawson Falls
Dawson Falls

This is the most easily accessible waterfall in the Taranaki region and also one of the most attractive. Located in the Egmont National Park, you must take a 10-minute walk from the Dawson Falls Visitor Centre towards the native forest to these 18-meter-high falls!

This is one of the 7 Things you must not miss out on doing in Taranaki. This is the most accessible waterfall in Taranaki. Nestled in an area known as East Egmont, this 18-meter-high waterfall is a must-see when visiting Taranaki.

The stroll takes you through the gracious native forest with tree trunks and branches twisting and turning around each other.

Many parts of this area are Goblin Forest, which resembles something from a fantasy movie, with Goblins, elves, and hobbits running wild on the mountain terrain.

3. Cape Egmont Lighthouse

Cape Egmont Lighthouse
Cape Egmont Lighthouse

This Cape Egmont Lighthouse is photo-worthy on Taranaki’s western edge and surrounded by hills made by ancient volcanic lahars.

You must visit this lighthouse when travelling on Surf Highway 45. On the western point of Taranaki, Cape Egmont is one of those photo-worthy spots throughout the region.

It’s a fantastic place for a picnic while enjoying the view of the coast and another great angle to see Mount Taranaki.

Created in 1881, this still flashes its white light once every eight seconds for passing ship. Unfortunately, you can’t get inside or up close to the lighthouse today; however, it’s still a worthy place along Surf Highway 45.

4. Dam Dropping

Dam Dropping
Dam Dropping

Dam dropping is like a hidden gem of adrenaline activities in New Zealand. Tourism operators promote many locally invented activities like skydiving and bungee jumping.

You would also enjoy taking a kayak or water sled down the 8-meter Normanby Dam, one of the most attractive Taranaki activities for locals and backpackers.

5. Hike the Poukakai Circuit

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Hike the Poukakai Circuit

This hike takes more than a day and involves varying alpine vegetation and forests, an authentic Kiwi experience.

6. Surfing

Surfing
Surfing

Surfing is so excellent at the Taranaki coast that a whole highway is dedicated to this sport: Surf Highway 45.

The points of surf beaches are endless, but the major ones include the beaches at Fitzroy, Kumara Patch, Road, Oakura, Stent, and Ohawe.

7. Te Rewa Rewa Bridge

Te Rewa Rewa Bridge
Te Rewa Rewa Bridge

Sitting across the Waiwhakaiho River and in line with Mt Taranaki, the Te Rewa Rewa Bridges is a great design that ideally frames the volcano at a.

This bridge is also part of the Coastal Walkway, yet another highly recommended walk along New Plymouth’s coastline. On either side of the river, you will see some excellent surf breaks.

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