The city of New Plymouth is known for its sunny climate, art galleries and beautiful parks, during the rhododendron season, New Plymouth's parks and gardens are a beautiful to behold. The conical shape of Mount Taranaki provides a dramatic backdrop to the city and is a constant reminder that the hiking trails of Egmont National Park are just a short drive away.
By the New Plymouth waterfront you’ll find Puke Ariki, a wonderful museum and heritage centre, and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre - New Zealand's first and only museum of contemporary art. It is also the nation's first institution dedicated to a single artist, the pioneering filmmaker and kinetic sculptor, Len Lye.
Pukekura Park is the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature at any time of the year, the city offers good shopping and a great selection of restaurants plus there’s also the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, a 13km promenade with stunning views.