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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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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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...

New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

  • Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

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...

Ngamotu Beach

  • Beach–Sight

With its black sand and location beside the busy container wharves and sheds of Port Taranaki, this is not the most picturesque of beaches.

Puke Ariki

  • Museum/Gallery

Across the road from the Wind Wand is the region's heritage, research, and information center. Though not as large as Wellington's...

Pukeiti Gardens

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Established by the Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust, these 900 acres of lush, native rain forest are surrounded by rich Taranaki farmland.

Pukekura Park and Brooklands Park

  • Park/Playground

Together the expansive lawns, lakes, groves, and woodlands of these connected parks make up a tranquil, 121-acre heart of the city. From...


  • Scenic Drive/Tour

Mt. Taranaki is an ever-receding presence in your rearview mirror as you head northeast up the Taranaki coast from New Plymouth on Highway...

Te Kainga Marire

  • Garden/Arboretum

Valda Poletti and Dave Clarkson transformed what was a clay wasteland in 1972 into one of New Zealand's few "gardens of international...

Te Koru Historic Reserve

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

To get a sense of the Taranaki's turbulent history, drive inland through the countryside from Oakura to this reserve. A Department of...