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North Island's West Coast Sights

New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

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Updated 02/18/2014

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To get a feel for the city, take a stroll or ride a rented bike along this path, which runs for 7 km (4 miles) from Port Taranaki to Lake Rotomanu—past beaches, over rivers, through playgrounds, and past a golf course. It passes under the Wind Wand, a sculpture almost as iconic to New Plymouth residents as the Statue of Liberty is to New Yorkers. Created by the late New Zealand artist Len Lye, the red carbon-fiber tube stands 45 meters (147 feet) high and,

like a conductor's baton, dances in the wind as Lye's tribute to what he called "tangible motion." Near the path's northeastern end, the bold, white Te Rewa Rewa Bridge crosses Waiwhakaiho River in grand style. The framed view of Mt. Taranaki through the bridge's struts makes a great photo.

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