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Taranaki is on the west coast of the North Island, and has a mild climate and amongst the highest sunshine hours in the country. It is a region with beautiful scenery and plenty of opportunity.
Taranaki may have changed in the past 200 years, but some things have stayed the same. Despite its presence within highly technical cutting-edge industries, the region retains its understated charm, and a gentle laid-back character.
If you choose to make New Plymouth your home, no matter what suburb you live in, you will be just minutes away from the city centre. It’s likely to take you no more than 10 minutes to commute to work each day. Hawera, Stratford, Inglewood, Waitara, Oakura, Opunake, Urenui and many of the other towns throughout Taranaki provide an inviting alternative to city living. In these smaller communities, you will find homes on spacious sections and lifestyle blocks with sea and/or mountain views.
Mount Taranaki or Mount Egmont, the second highest mountain in the North Island, is the dominant feature of the region. A Maori legend says that Taranaki previously lived with the Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu mountains of the central North Island but fled to its current location after a battle with Tongariro. A near-perfect cone, it last erupted in the mid-18th century. The mountain and its immediate surrounds form Egmont National Park.
The city itself is a service centre for the region’s principal economic activities including intensive pastoral activities (mainly dairy farming) as well as oil, natural gas and petrochemical exploration and production. It is also the region’s financial centre as the home of the TSB Bank, the largest of the remaining non-government New Zealand-owned banks.
With its rich volcanic soil, the city is also well known for its gardens. Chief among them are Pukekura Park in the centre of the city (named a Garden of National Significance), and Pukeiti, a rhododendron garden of international significance high on the Pouakai Range.
The Coastal Walkway is an 11 km path that forms an expansive sea-edge promenade stretching almost the entire length of the city. The pathway includes the iconic Te Rewa Rewa Bridge and is ideal for walking, running, cycling or skating, or simply enjoying the view of the dramatic west coast.
Taranaki is known as big wave territory with some of the country’s best surfing spots found off this coastline.
The region has 20 golf courses, ranging from nine-hole country courses where you have to move the sheep, through to Ngamotu Links–consistently rated one of the best golf courses in New Zealand. All 20 golf courses are within an hour’s drive of each other.