The coastal region of Taranaki is situated in the west tip of New Zealand’s North Island. Its most famous landmark is the active stratovolcano of Mount Taranaki, or Mount Egmont, that dominates the sights of the region and is among the most symmetrical volcanic cones in the world! Around this mountain, there is Egmont National Park, with a diversity of landscapes such as dense forests, waterfalls and trails, a paradise for hiking enthusiasts. The wild coastline has world-class surf breaks, and walking the stunning New Plymouth coastal walkway is highly recommended! Stratford is the seat of this region, home to beautiful sites such as the Holland Gardens, and the scenic drive of Forgotten World Highway starts here.
Population: 118 thousand inhabitants
Other major cities: New Plymouth, Hawera
Main attractions: Mount Taranaki in Egmont National Park, Pukekura Park, New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, Brooklands Zoo, Manganui Ski Area, Popo Gardens, Puke Ariki museum and library, Tawhiti Museum, Fun Ho! Toy Museum, Mikes Organic Brewery, Stratford-Taumaranui Heritage Trail, Taranaki Pioneer Village
Nearest Airports: New Plymouth Airport (NPL), Whanganui Airport (WAG), Palmerston North Airport (PMR)
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