Taranaki Region

Taranaki region is in the coastal west side of the North Island of New Zealand. The region is named after Mount Taranaki, a very dominant feature in the middle of the landscape that was named Taranaki by Maori. The mountain was later given a second name by Captain James Cook, ‘Mount Egmont’. For this article I am going to use its first name, ‘Mount Taranaki’.

Egmont National Park surrounds Mount Taranaki whose height is the second highest of the mountain peaks in the North Island, and whose shape is conical.

New Plymouth is the main city with other towns being Eltham, Inglewood, Hawera, Opunake, Stratford, and Waitara. Most of Taranaki regions population lives in the New Plymouth area.

The Taranaki region is on a peninsula jutting out into the Tasman Sea. Due to exposure to winds from the north, west, and south, surfing and windsurfing sports are considered to be excellent on this part of the New Zealand coast. Follow the Surf Highway SH45 from New Plymouth to Hawera to experience the surf!

Mount Taranaki / Mount Egmont, Taranaki region, New Zealand
Mount Taranaki / Mount Egmont, New Zealand

Taranaki Towns

  • New Plymouth
  • Eltham
  • Inglewood
  • Hawera
  • Opunake
  • Stratford
  • Waitara

Places to go and things to do in Taranaki Region

  • Egmont National Park
    • Mount Taranaki
    • North Egmont
    • East Egmont
    • Dawson Falls
    • Pouakai Range
    • Kaitake Range
  • Eltham
  • Hawera
    • Elvis Presley Museum
    • Tawhiti Museum and Bush Railway
  • Inglewood
  • Mokau
  • New Plymouth
    • Brooklands Park and Bowl of Brooklands
    • Coastal Walkway
    • Hurworth Cottage
    • Paritutu Rock
    • Puke Ariki
    • Pukeiti Gardens
    • Pukekura Park
    • St Mary’s Cathedral
    • Sugar Loaf Islands Marine Protected Area
    • Tupare Garden
    • Wind Wand
  • New Plymouth Festivals
    • Festival of Lights
    • Taranaki Garden Spectacular
    • Taranaki International Arts Festival
    • WOMAD
  • Oakura
    • Cape Egmont
    • Cape Egmont Lighthouse
  • Opunake
  • Patea
    • Museum of South Taranaki
  • Stratford
    • Forgotten World Highway
  • Surf Highway SH45 from New Plymouth to Hawera
  • Waitara
  • Waitotara

Map of Taranaki