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Jenny Ellis

MEdL(Hons) BBS DipTchg

Kerry Macdonald

BA, DipTchg,DipSMnt
International Dean

Nicky Butler

Coordinator of International Students

Marina Walsh

International Accommodation Co-ordinator

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New Plymouth 4342
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New Plymouth / Taranaki Information


All year round there is something to see and do. In the winter you can ski on Mount Taranaki and in the summer the beaches, streams and walking tracks are quite popular.

The best months to visit Taranaki are from December through January, February and into April. While the weather can change most days, over those months, the temperature tends to be pleasantly warm.

Taranaki - a region like no other

This is a region with a blend of natural beauty, attractions and activities and is becoming more well-known with an increasing number of visitors. It is described as 'real new Zealand' and presents a holiday destination with something for everyone.

A region well-known to tourists for:

  • Mount Taranaki - majestic and inspiring
  • Surfing - some of the best surf in the country
  • White Cliffs Coastline - spectacular scenery
  • Gardens - the region's gardens have earned an international reputation
  • Artists - see what you can find in galleries and studios
  • Adventure Pursuits - outdoor activities to thrill most people
  • Events - there is quite a mix and always something on

Main Events for Visitors

  • Rhododendron Festival (late October – November every year)
  • Festival of Lights (December – February)
  • Taranaki Round the Mountain Cycle Challenge (January)
  • Mad March - (March every year at the Bowl of Brooklands)
  • Taranaki Festival of Arts (July)


The official Taranaki population from the last New Zealand census (2006) was 104,127 people and it's growing! The majority of these people are located in the city of New Plymouth and towns below.

Main City/towns

  • New Plymouth
  • Hawera
  • Stratford
  • Opunake
  • Inglewood
  • Oakura

Regions Key Industries

Taranaki is a vibrant region and is growing at around 5% per year. It has a number of key industries important to the regional economy:

  • Dairy
  • Oil and Gas
  • Engineering
  • Tourism
  • Exporters
  • Horticulture

New Zealand Kiwi

Happy Rugby Fan
Supporting the
Taranaki Rugby Team

WOMAD at the
Bowl of Brooklands

Pukekura Park
Row Boats For Hire

Photos: © Rob Tucker