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. Hollard Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    A detour into dairy country, 16 km (10 miles) southwest of Stratford, brings you to this well-regarded horticultural haven. In 1927, dairy farmers...Read More

  • 2. Len Lye Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    Len Lye—a native-born artist famous for his experimental films and kinetic sculpture—believed “great architecture goes 50/50 with great art...Read More

  • 3. 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 Museum...Read More

  • 4. Waitomo Glowworm Cave

    Cave

    The most "genteel" of all the cave tours leads through the Waitomo Glowworm Cave, which was first officially explored in 1887 by local Chief...Read More

  • 5. Whanganui Regional Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    For an overview of the region's history and one of the country's best collections of Māori artifacts, drop into this museum by Queens Park....Read More

  • 6. Aranui Cave

    Cave

    Eons of dripping water have sculpted a delicate garden of pink-and-white limestone here. Keep an eye out for the resident cave wetas; these...Read More

  • 7. Chronicle Glass Studio

    Store/Shop/Mall

    Wanganui is home to more than 30 glass artisans who exhibit internationally. This studio, owned and operated by Lyndsay Patterson and Katie...Read More

  • 8. Durie Hill Lookout

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    This lookout provides spectacular views, but reaching it—via an elevator that runs through the hill—is something else. On the opposite side...Read More

  • 9. Feilding

    Garden/Arboretum

    For a look at an authentic New Zealand farming town, take a side trip to Feilding, 20 km (12 miles) northwest of Palmerston North. The Feilding...Read More

  • 10. 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 come on foot or by bike...Read More

  • 11. Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

    Regarded as one of the country's leading modern art museums, this gallery boasts a strong collection of New Zealand conceptual, abstract, and...Read More

  • 12. Kawhia

    Beach–Sight

    With time on your hands, explore the road from Raglan to this isolated coastal settlement 55 km (34 miles) to the south. It's a remote country...Read More

  • 13. 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 impressive...Read More

  • 14. New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

    Trail/Path

    To get a feel for the landscape, take a stroll or ride a rented bike along this gentle path, which extends for 7 km (4 miles) from Port Taranaki...Read More

  • 15. New Zealand Rugby Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The only one of its kind in the country, this museum—located upstairs in the Te Manawa complex—is worth a visit whether or not you're a rugby...Read More

  • 16. Ngamotu Beach

    Beach–Sight

    This black-sand strand beside the busy container wharves and sheds of Port Taranaki is not the most picturesque of beaches; nevertheless, it...Read More

  • 17. Oceans Alive NZ

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The diving here is fabulous; the best times to explore the marine reserve are summer and autumn, when visibility extends up to 65 feet. ...Read More

  • 18. Pohangina Valley Estate

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Sheltered beneath the Ruahine Ranges, 30 minutes from Palmerston North, this young winery is the only vineyard in the delightful Pohangina Valley...Read More

  • 19. Pukeiti Gardens

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Established by the Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust, these 900 acres of lush, native rain forest are surrounded by farmland. The Pukeiti (poo-ke-...Read More

  • 20. Pukekura Park and Brooklands Park

    Park/Playground

    Together the expansive lawns, lakes, groves, and woodlands of these connected parks make up a tranquil, 128-acre urban oasis. From mid-December...Read More

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