With some of the best waves in the world it is clear to see why this is considered a surfing Mecca. Surfers come from all over the world to catch the set of a lifetime. And there are plenty of great spots to choose from, Mokau in the north to Waitotara in the south and the Taranaki coast. There are tons of other things to see and do while cruising along Surf Highway 45 as well.
When in New Plymouth take a walk along the coastal walkway and check out the 45m kinetic Wind Wand artwork. At night it contains thousands of lights turning it into a tower red glowing ball. At the western end of the walkway in Ngamotu Beach, is a perfect swimming beach and also popular for boating and a great place to get a bite to eat at one of the many waterfront cafes.
The Kiwi history and culture are both evident in the Taranaki region. They are a nature loving and creative bunch that calls this home. There are a number of pioneer museums along Route 45 to tell the story of the region from the Maori legends to the European industrial growth. Visit Oakura, and follow the Oakura Arts Trail featuring artist studios, jewellers, and crafters around the village.
Golf is another activity in abundance in this area. If you are into the sport play a round at Ngamotu Links world class course with views of the surf and the peaks of Mt. Taranaki.
The Cape Egmont Lighthouse is located at the end of Cape Road and built in London with segments shipped to New Zealand in 1865. This is a great area for a hike around the rounded hills and boulders created by ancient volcanic lahars from Mt. Taranaki.
Opunake is a perfect holiday spot. A quaint little town filled with colourful murals, nice little cafes and artsy shops is bordered by amazing relaxed surfing beaches. Opunake is great for swimming, snorkelling and to just strolling on. The Kiwi Holiday Park is located right beside the beach so everything is right at your doorstep.
Hawera is a friendly and bustling town in South Taranaki, and home to the iconic Hawera Water Tower which can be climbed for a panoramic view of the area.