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Taranaki Activities and Attractions

With Taranaki’s epic surf, spectacular gardens, great events, legendary mountain and countless outdoor and cultural adventures it’s easy to see why the region prides itself on being a destination ‘like no other’. This site features up to date information on the region and its many attraction, event and accommodation options. Enjoy your visit.

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Forgotten World Highway

Running between Stratford and Taumarunui is the Forgotten World Highway 43, a three-hour trip threading its way through pristine sub-tropical rainforest . It’s no wonder this was New Zealand’s first Heritage Trail, with each of its special historic highlights signposted and explained along the way, such as the 85m Mt Damper Falls (the North Island’s highest waterfall), historic Whangamomona Village, Tahora Saddle, the Moki Tunnel and Aotuhia’s ‘bridge to somewhere’. The Forgotten World Adventures offers an unbeatable experience along decommissioned railway lines, through tunnels, over bridges and rivers and to townships that time has forgotten. Whether you are traveling by car or rail the forgotten world highway is an outdoor experience not to miss.

Dawson Falls

This stunning waterfall is located within walking distance (10 minutes) of the Dawson Falls Visitor Centre in Egmont National Park. Local Maori legend tell us how it was given its Maori name, Te Rere ‘O’ Noke. “There was a warrior who had done a great mischief and was running from his would be killers and hid behind the then 18 metre waterfall to hide from his pursuers. They ran past and did not find him, so he escaped to the east coast. When the others heard of how he had escaped them they named the falls after him “The Falls of Noke”.

Manganui Ski Field

Manganui is a unique North Island mountain experience, located in the Egmont National Park on the slopes of Mt Taranaki. It is run on a volunteer basis with Club members expected to pitch in on autumn maintenance working bees and to assist with operating the field during the winter. Goods Lift: For transportation of ski equipment and baggage across the Manganui Gorge. No Passengers.

Pukekura Park

Often described as the jewel in New Plymouth’s crown, Pukekura Park covers 52ha (128 acres) right in the heart of the city and is one of New Zealand’s premier botanical gardens. With a diverse range of landscapes, the park features bush walks, formal gardens, lakes, children’s play areas, a sports area and a Tea House. As a popular destination for locals and visitors alike, Pukekura Park lights up over the summer as the backdrop for the annual TSB Bank Festival of Lights.

Stratford International Speedway

Sit back and enjoy the excitement of Stratford speedway as the fast stockcars battle out for the winning position. The track plays host to around 15 nights of racing each season, beginning in October with the practices and finishing in April. Highlights of the season usually include the Fireworks night in early November, the Boxing Day Demolition Derby, and, the national Championship meetings.

Coastal Walkway

The award-winning Coastal Walkway is an 11km path that forms an expansive sea-edge promenade stretching from Port Taranaki all the way to Hickford Park in Bell Block with numerous pedestrian access points dotted along the way. The walkway is ideal for walking, running, cycling or skating, or simply enjoying the view of the dramatic west coast. Beginning at Hickford Park, meander through picturesque farmland continue past the Waipu Lagoons, then start hugging the coastline where you will walk alongside the New Plymouth Golf Club before reaching Te Rewa Rewa Reserve

Broadway Lodge Motel Stratford

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