New Plymouth Sports & Activities

Surfing is the big thing along the Taranaki coast, but the beaches and coastal walkways also draw swimmers and beachcombers. Fishing, be it surfcasting from the shore, trailing a line from a boat, or netting the delicacy whitebait at stream mouths during the season, is also popular.


Cycle Inn. To ride the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, rent a touring (aka road, not mountain) bike with helmet at NZ$10 for two hours, NZ$20...

Boating and Kayaking

Canoe & Kayak Taranaki. This store offers a range of guided trips taking in the best of the region's ocean and river paddling. Popular...


The coastal road between New Plymouth and Hawera is known as the Surf Highway, though to be realistic, the road mostly passes through green...


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