North Island's West Coast

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

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  • 1. Feilding

    For a look at an authentic New Zealand farming town visit Feilding, 20 km (12 miles) northwest of Palmerston North. The Feilding Saleyards Guided Tour...Read More

  • 2. Hollard Gardens

    A 14-acre horticultural haven 16 km (10 miles) southwest of Stratford, Hollard Gardens encompasses native and exotic trees, rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, and perennials. The 1920s...Read More

  • 3. Puke Ariki

    The stories of Taranaki’s compelling volcanic and cultural history are revealed here, in the region’s heritage, research, and information center. From the landscape’s violent volcanic...Read More

  • 4. Pukeiti

    Established by the Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust, these 900 acres of lush, native rain forest are surrounded by farmland. The Pukeiti (poo-ke-ee-tee) collection of 2,500 varieties...Read More

  • 5. Waitomo Glowworm Cave

    The most "genteel" and perhaps famous of all the caves here was first officially explored in 1887 by local Chief Tane Tinorau and surveyor Fred...Read More

  • 6. Whanganui Regional Museum

    This museum offers a superb overview of the region's history and one of the country's best collections of Māori artifacts. It contains taonga (Māori ancestral...Read More

  • 7. Aranui Caves

    This is one of the smallest and prettiest cave systems in Waitomo. Eons of dripping water have sculpted a delicate garden of pink-and-white limestone here....Read More

  • 8. Durie Hill Lookout

    This lookout, Whanganui's most popular attraction, provides spectacular views, but reaching it—via an elevator that runs through the hill—is something else. First, you walk through...Read More

  • 9. Egmont National Park

    Mt. Taranaki (8,261 feet), called Mt. Egmont by Captain Cook, is a steep, symmetrically shaped volcanic peak that dominates the region's landscape and weather. Egmont...Read More

  • 10. Fenton Street Art Gallery, Cafe, and Gin Distillery

    You can casually browse the art at this light and casual establishment, then sit down for a coffee or brunch (the beef pot pie is...Read More

  • 11. Fitzroy Beach

    A reasonably exposed yet popular and easily accessible beach, Fitzroy is just 1½ km (1 mile) from the center of New Plymouth. You can even...Read More

  • 12. Govett Brewster Art Gallery, Len Lye Centre

    This stunning architectural drama of twisted towers of glass and steel houses one of the country’s leading modern art museums. Collections include New Zealand conceptual,...Read More

  • 13. New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

    Step out of the city and onto the coast by taking a stroll or cycle along this gentle coastal path, which meanders for 13 km...Read More

  • 14. New Zealand Glassworks

    Whanganui is regarded as the country’s home for glass artisans; many of them exhibit internationally. This community studio is open for the public to watch...Read More

  • 15. New Zealand Rugby Museum

    This museum—located upstairs in the Te Manawa complex—is worth a visit whether or not you're a rugby fan because it offers insight into a sport...Read More

  • 16. Pukekura Park and Brooklands Park

    Together the lawns, lakes, gardens, and woodlands of these connected parks make up a 128-acre urban oasis. Each summer evening the Festival of Lights transforms...Read More

  • 17. Ruakuri Cave

    To enter Ruakuri, visitors descend a dramatic, man-made spiral "drum passage," then go on to explore narrow, low-lit passages. Surrounded by magical limestone formations and...Read More

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  • 18. Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

    Walk among some of the most ancient forests in the region at Maungatautari, where the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust, in conjunction with the Department of...Read More

  • 19. Spellbound Glowworm and Cave Tour

    This company offers three different underground experiences, all incorporating a gentle raft trip and close-up views of glowworms, and a short bush walk to the...Read More

  • 20. Stratford–Taumarunui

    Known as the Forgotten World Highway, Highway 43, heading northeast from Stratford, takes you on an intriguing, heritage-rich journey back in time as it winds...Read More

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