North Island's West Coast Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in North Island's West Coast - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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New Plymouth 9

Waitomo 9

Palmerston North 6

Wanganui 6

The Whanganui River and Whanganui National Park 5

Cambridge 4

Hawera 2

Stratford 2

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Aranui Cave

  • Cave

Eons of dripping water have sculpted a delicate garden of pink-and-white limestone. Keep an eye out for the resident native insects,...

Billy Black's Kiwi Culture Show

  • Arts/Performance Venue

An attraction of the non-cave variety, this difficult-to-describe but entertaining show is a one-hour glimpse into pioneer life, complete...

Cambridge Country Store

  • Store/Shop/Mall

Housed in an old, historic, pink church, this store offers a good selection of New Zealand–made jewelry, possum/merino fur/wool–blend...

Chronicle Glass Studio

  • Store/Shop/Mall

Wanganui is home to a thriving glass community, with more than 30 glass artists who exhibit internationally. This studio actually comprises...

Department of Conservation

  • Information Center

Nga Motu–Sugar Loaf Islands are managed by the Department of Conservation. ...

Durie Hill Lookout

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

This lookout provides spectacular views of the city, but reaching it—via an elevator that runs through the hill—is something else.


  • Town/Village

For a taste of authentic, farming New Zealand and a rural town alive with arts, culture, and community quality, take a side trip to the...

Fitzroy Beach

  • Beach–Sight

Just 1½ km (¾ mile) from the center of New Plymouth, this reasonably exposed beach is easily accessible. You can even walk or bike...

Hollard Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

Surrounded by dairy farms, these gardens were created by dairy farmers Bernie and Rose Hollard, who, in 1927, fenced a 14-acre patch...

KD's Elvis Presley Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

An unlikely find in Hawera, this private museum is devoted to "The King." The collection includes more than 10,000 records, books, and...