Discover Taranaki and New Plymouth's best place to eat, drink, shop and explore with our guide.

Jutting out on the west coast of Te Ika-a-Maui, Taranaki is a nature’s playground. Wild coastlines and creative locals collide in this spectacular region blessed with majestic maunga, black sand beaches, beautiful parks and pumping surf (more than 12 world-class surf breaks, no less)!

Located halfway between Wellington and Auckland, the port city of New Plymouth has emerged as the cool cousin of the former, whose laidback charm resonates with friendly locals and visitors alike. The city has rightly become a burgeoning metropolis of excellence; bespoke microbreweries, artisan producers, generous hospitality and world-class art and culture melt together here in harmonious splendour.

New Plymouth boasts an impressive 13.2km serpentine-shaped coastal walkway that undulates its way from Pioneer Park at Port Taranaki to the sprawling eastern beach, Bell Block offering an award-winning public space for the whole community to enjoy.

12 Hours New Plymouth

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Your guide to the best things to do in New Plymouth

The Best of Winter Fest: 6 Must-See Shows & Where to Go in Between

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New Plymouth & Taranaki
As the cooler days close in, there’s a sense that hibernation mode has hit many pockets of the country, where leaving the house past 5pm starts to feel worthy of a standing ovation. But over in Taranaki, things are only just warming up as the arrival of winter brings with it one of the most exciting cultural festivals in Aotearoa’s calendar. Winter Fest plays host to award-winning homegrown talents, who set the town alight with a wonderland of ideas, words, and stories told through a kaleidoscope of genres, from comedy to music to theatre. With over 30 shows across 10 days (6-16 June), there’s something for everyone – but we’ve gone ahead and picked six events we’re most looking forward to. And, in keeping with the spirit of Neat Places, we’re inviting you to make a day out of each spectacle, with bonus recommendations for pre-show dinners, daytime cultural fixes, independent boutique shopping, and cosy nightcaps in New Plymouth and the wider region.

New Zealand’s Top Hotels For Unforgettable Staycations

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Forget the stale hotel stereotypes; New Zealand's staycation scene is flourishing with bold character and unrivalled charm.

The People Behind the Places: Meet the Food and Drink Heroes of Taranaki

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New Plymouth & Taranaki

Taranaki is a mecca for artisan bakers, brewers, coffee roasters, gin distillers and ice cream makers.

9 Taranaki Walks and Where to Treat Yourself After

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New Plymouth & Taranaki

Taranaki is a natural playground, with its wild coastline, rugged terrain and majestic Maunga.

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The Hour Glass

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Tucked away on Liardet Street, The Hour Glass is a beloved restaurant and tapas bar that has fed and watered New Plymouth people since 2013.

House Wine

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Let’s be honest. The world of wine can have its exclusive, and shall we say, somewhat snobby pockets.

Toret Cucina Italiana

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Located in Ōakura, a charming seaside village 20 minutes out of New Plymouth, Toret offers a dining experience that is as authentically Italian as they come.

The Ōkato & Slippery Bill’s

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At first glance, it might not seem like there’s a lot going on in the small rural town of Ōkato in the Taranaki region.

Fenton Art Collective

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What do you get if you put art, history, gin and espresso under one roof? An eclectic melting pot like Fenton Art Collective in Taranaki.

The Burnt Place

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The Burnt Place is quickly coming home away from home for Hāwera locals with its cosy neighbourhood vibes.

Juno Gin

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The origins of New Plymouth’s boutique gin distillery, Juno, is a compelling tale of relentless passion and a scientific approach.

Vintage Industries

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Vintage Industries in New Plymouth  is a beacon - twofold in fact - for its salvaged antiques from across the globe and golden exterior.

Liardet Street Projects

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A cohort of cool hospitality vendors come together to create Liardet Street Projects in New Plymouth; an open air foodhall that boasts a variety of authentic street food and...

Kingsroy Gallery

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New Plymouth’s burgeoning art scene is vibrant and exciting and Kingsroy is a notable addition to the swathe of galleries opening in the coastal city.

Bleached Coffee and Crystal Cylinder

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Shimmy yourself into Bleached and Crystal Cylinder, an industrial coffee shop slash lifestyle store tucked behind Devon Street West that’s oh so sunny.

Shining Peak Brewing

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Drink beer, do good. That’s what Shining Peak Brewing Company boldly encourages patrons to do when they enter their New Plymouth microbrewery.

Nice Hotel and Restaurant

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At the top of a hill, on the cusp of the green Pukekara...

Tawhiti Museum

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Tawhiti Museum is unlike any other provincial museum in New Zealand as it is the amalgamation of one man's dedicated heritage project.

Wild Pear Kitchen

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Wild Pear Kitchen in New Plymouth is a haven for lovers of vegan and vegetarian cuisine, a welcoming and award-winning café that specialises in fresh and tasty...

Tartan Rose Cakery and Deli

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Tartan Rose is somewhat tucked away on the fringe of New Plymouth’s centre but you’ll be more than rewarded after your short walk to this incredible cakery and deli.