Nature: Activities/Adventure Taranaki Travel

Scenic Locations Not to Miss In Taranaki

Written by Rachel Simpson

From the snow capped peaks of the volcanic Mount Taranaki to its beautiful black sandy beaches, New Zealand Taranaki region is a sightseeing destination not to be missed. The following are only a few of sights we highly recommend.

The region possesses three distinctly different landscapes, starting with beautiful black sandy beach with plenty of surfing opportunities. Moving from the turbulent surf you enter tranquil pastures that provide a beautiful foreground to the breathtaking Mount Taranaki that dominates the skyline.

Surf Highway

Due to the nature of the coastline of the Taranaki region, the coast provides  one of the most consistent surfs that can be experienced, with 180 degrees of all possible swells hitting the coast. Highway 45 has been dubbed “Surf Highway”  as it is the main coastal route spanning 105 kilometer of coastline.

When the tide rolls out head north to the White Cliffs Walkway and take in the sites here that can only be seen during low tide. The black sand and the cliff faces are spectacular but the Three Sisters and the Elephant Rock will take your breath away!

Pouakai Zoo

This beautiful four decade old zoo is worth the trip. This privately owned zoo has an impressive selection of animals to see, but the pride of the zoo is the big cats. With a pride of lions and a White Bengal Tiger living in this zoo you will be happy you dropped in! For the brave of heart you can pay a little extra and take in the experience of a close-up tiger feeding!

Pukekura Park and the Bowl of Brooklands

Pukekura Park is found in the center of New Plymouth and is a botanical wonderland. This former swampland has been morphed into a breathtaking public recreational area. The park has two lakes, spans 52 hectares offers more than enough to see and to to keep you busy for days.

The Bowl of Brooklands is a rotunda inside the park that regularly hosts international acts, and late night it makes a gorgeous venue for performances.

Egmont National Park

With a tremendous amount of things to do at this National Park you could easily spend an entire trip at this location trying to take in all these sights. Dawson Falls is a an easy walk to one of the oldest and very beautiful waterfalls in the region. Offering walking and hiking locations for varying levels from easy to advanced be sure to understand what you are getting yourself into when making your choice of activity. Some sites are mere minutes away, compared to the Pouakai Circuit that is an advanced difficulty with a duration of 2-3 days. But there is truly something for everyone offered at this park. For more about walks, check out our Top 10 Walks in Taranaki.


Taranaki is an awesome place to visit, especially if you’re looking for some spectacular views (and maybe a good Instagram opportunity!). One of these best ways to travel here is in your own private motorhome! Check out our listings, rent directly from a local owner, and let the journey unfold!

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