New Plymouth39°3'25" S 174°2'11" N
With a legendary snow-capped mountain as a backdrop, and a coast lined by the restless Tasman Sea, New Plymouth – the heart of Taranaki – is a dynamic and lively city. The region was first inhabited by ancient Maori, attracted to its warm iron sand beaches, rich soil, prolific wildlife and sleeping mountain. Eager European pioneers followed, keen to secure a piece of fertile country for farming – the region has been known as the Garden of New Zealand since the 1860s. Taranaki is home to thousands of cows and pumping oil rigs – black gold and white gold. It is also a destination rich in arts and culture, adrenaline-fuelled outdoor activities, great coffee overlooking the sea, quaint country hotels, large-scale music events, invigorating walks and countless mountain trails. The Taranaki coastline offers more than 200km of swimming, walking, surfing, diving, kayaking, fishing and exploration opportunities, with everything from ancient Maori cave carvings at Tongaporutu, majestic White Cliffs at Pukearuhe, Sugar Loaf Marine Reserve off New Plymouth and the Sugar Loaf Marine Reserve off New Plymouth.
Max LOA: 984.0 feet (300 metres)
Max Draft Alongside: 41.0 feet (12.5 metres)
Shore Gangways: One shore gangway suitable for passengers
Tidal Range: 11.81 feet (3.6 metres)
Distance to city
New Plymouth – 2.8 miles (4.5 km)
Stratford – 23.7 miles (38.1 km)
Hawera- 46.8 miles (75.3 km)
There is a short (100 – 150 metres) pedestrian access from berth to port entrance.
Contact the ship for shuttle bus services into town.
New Plymouth Taxis, +64 6 757 3000
Energy City Cabs, +64 6 757 5580
Public Bus Service
CityLink, Freephone 0800 872 287, www.taranakibus.info.
Services run from Monday to Friday with a limited service on Saturday. There are no services on Sundays or Public Holidays. Fares start from NZD$3.
ATM machines/ Banks
All around city centre, especially around Devon Street East.
Monday – Friday: 9am to 5pm
Weekends: 9am to 2pm
Nearest Internet Café
- Cybersurf, 11B Devon Street East, New Plymouth, +64 6 759 1994
- La Nouva Internet Laundromat, 65 Eliot Street, New Plymouth, +64 6 759 1040, www.lanouva.co.nz
Pak n Save, Countdown and New World can all be found along Courtenay Street, New Plymouth
New Plymouth Post Shop, 21 Currie Street, New Plymouth, +64 6 759 8931,
Summer: high of 21ºC (70F) low of 13 ºC (55F)
Winter: high of 14 ºC (57F) low of 6 ºC (43F)
Average rainfall of 1436mm and average sunshine of 2182 hours.
Taranaki region’s official visitor website: www.visit.taranaki.info
New Plymouth i-SITE: Puke Ariki, 1 Ariki Street, New Plymouth, +64 (6) 759 0897, firstname.lastname@example.org
What is New Pymouth known for?
Mount Taranaki, a magnificent outdoor playground and a magnet for photographers and adventure seekers. Mount Taranaki is a powerful reminder of the area’s volcanic past. Although it has erupted at least eight times over the last 6000 years, the mountain has been dormant since 1755.
Gardens, lakes and fountains: Pukekura Park in the city of New Plymouth is a beautiful haven at any time of the year. Established in 1876, it includes 52 hectares of formal and informal flowering gardens, towering trees and peaceful lakes with waterlilies, waterfalls and row boats. There are countless other gardens and parks to explore.
Treasures, stories and culture: At Puke Ariki – New Plymouth’s interactive library, museum and visitor centre – you’ll discover more than 6,000 significant Maori taonga (treasures). This beautifully designed complex looks out to Len Lye’s Wind Wand sculpture on the award-winning coastal walkway.
Attractions & Activities
- New Plymouth Coastal Walkway – a 10km path along the coast that connects Port Taranaki with the city and beyond
- The public gardens of Pukekura Park, Tupare and Pukeiti, or one of New Zealand’s four top-rated gardens Te Kainga Marire
- Puke Ariki, the city’s museum, library and information centre which tells the many stories of Taranaki
- Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, an acclaimed contemporary art museum and the home of the collection of film maker and kinetic artist Len Lye
- Mount Taranaki, with over 300km of walking trails from gentle to the alpine
- Some of the country’s best surf spots found off this coastline
- 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.
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