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New Plymouth

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New Plymouth
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By air

New Plymouth Airport is located on the coast 7km to the north of the city at Bellblock. A taxi service is available to town.

On the rare days when Mount Taranaki is totally free of cloud, southbound flights can get spectacular views of the mountaintop.

By bus

National bus operator InterCity Coachlines provides daily services in and out of New Plymouth and the region with connections throughout the North Island. Fares start from just $1 and can be purchased online or via numerous local ticketing agents including the i-SITE information network. Services arrive and depart from the main bus terminal at 19 Ariki St in the city centre.

By car

State Highway 3 passes through New Plymouth.

From the north (Auckland or Hamilton): State Highway 3 diverges from State Highway 1 at Hamilton and runs via Te Kuiti in the King Country and Waitara in Taranaki. New Plymouth is about 270 km from Hamilton and takes at least 3.5 hours by car, though allow 4.5 hours to be safe. A section of this road is narrow, winding, and includes a short single-lane tunnel. It is prone to closure by slips in bad weather.

Key places to visit
Puke Ariki, Wind Wand, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery


Places to Visit

Puke Ariki

Museum, library, visitor information centre, restaurant and cafe.

Wind Wand

A kinetic sculpture based on the ideas of Len Lye. It is a 45m pole, with a soft red light on top at night, that moves in the wind. On the foreshore.

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Queen St, Considered the home of one of New Zealand's finest collections of Modern Art. Also the home of the Len Lye Foundation and a very good cafe and gift shop.

Right Time to Visit

January - April
September - December