North Island's West Coast Travel Guide
Plan Your North Island's West Coast Vacation
On a clear day, sometimes with a cover of snow, Mt. Taranaki (also known as Mt. Egmont) towers above green flanks of forest and farmland. The solitary volcano peak, symmetrical in shape like Japan's Mt. Fuji, sits at the heart of the Taranaki region, and the province has shaped itself around the mountain. Northeast of Taranaki, the provincial city of New Plymouth hugs the coast, and smaller rural towns dot the roads that circle the mountain's base.
Bed-and-breakfasts are often stylishly converted country homesteads; sometimes they're custom built. Find luxury lodges... read more
Throughout western North Island, city restaurants and small, tourist-town cafés alike feature an overall sophistication you... read more
Things To Do in North Island's West Coast
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Caving: Waitomo's underground landscape encompasses miles of passageways, streams, limestone formations, fossils, and glowworms.... Read more
The volcanic mountain Taranaki, also known as Mt. Egmont, dominates the landscape, the weather, and the history of the region. New... Read more
The Whanganui, New Zealand's longest navigable river, cuts its way through a vast remote wilderness, the single largest tract of lowland... Read more
About 17,000 seabirds nest in the Nga Motu-Sugar Loaf Islands Marine Protected Area. Shearwaters, petrels, terns, penguins, shags, and... Read more
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