Taranaki Taster

Cultural & Theme Tours in New Plymouth

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Get of the beaten track and head for Taranaki.Trip Highlights- Local Guide-Small Group-Climb to the Summit of Paritutu Rock-Explore Back Beach and the Sugar Loaf Islands-Tour of New Plymouth City-Walk from the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge to the Wind Wand on the Coastal Walkway- Festival of Lights (Summer only)-Walk through Goblin Forest up Mount Taranaki-See a live Kiwi Bird at the Otorohanga Kiwi HouseNote Minimum number for this tour to be confirmed is 4 passengers.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Sky Tower, Auckland Central, North IslandWe can do hotel pick ups by arrangement.Otherwise, Pick up is on Federal St, directly under the Sky Tower.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Mokau River LookoutStop in the small coastal town of Mokau. This little town is surrounded by wild New Zealand scenery; rugged coastlines, towering cliffs, and untouched native forests. Sample the local specialty, and a kiwi delicacy, the whitebait fritter.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, New Plymouth, Taranaki Region, North IslandStop at this beautifully sculpted bridge. Is it a crashing wave, or an ancient whale? On a clear day, the bridge perfectly frames Mount Taranaki, making for some incredible photo opportunities. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, New Plymouth, Taranaki Region, North IslandFrom the Bridge, you can walk all the way to New Plymouth City. Enjoy the coastal views, and local carvings along this award winning walkway.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Wind Wand, New Plymouth, Taranaki Region, North IslandAs you arrive into the city, you be met at the Wind Wand by your driver. This is a famous Len Lye art work, and you'll know it when you see it/Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Puke Ariki, New Plymouth, Taranaki Region, North IslandAfter you have checked into your accommodation, it's time for a short walking tour of New Plmouth. Highlights include ; The Clocktower, The Len Lye Building, Puke Ariki Museum, Devon St and feeding the eels at the Huatoki Plaza.(Entrance fees to Len Lye and Puke Ariki not included, as we usually don't have time to go inside)Duration: 1 hourStop At: Pukekura Park, New Plymouth, Taranaki Region, North IslandIn Summer (Dec - Mid Feb) is the incredible Festival of Lights at Pukekura Park, with music, bands and amazing light displays in this beautiful park. After dinner we will have free time to explore the festival at our own pace. (Seasonal)Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutu Rock, New Plymouth, Taranaki Region, North IslandIf we are in New Plymouth out of season for the Light Festival, we'll use that time as an opportunity to climb Mount Paritutu (Not to be confused with Mount Taranaki).This climb is steep, challenging and rewarding. It offers views of the city and the Sugar Loaf IslandsDuration: 1 hourStop At: Mount Taranaki, Egmont National Park, Taranaki Region, North IslandAn early morning drive up to the Visitor Center will take us through the famous "Goblin Forest" to a lookout point up the Mountain. Option for a couple of short walks through this truly incredible scenery.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, Otorohanga, Waikato Region, North IslandAfter the mountain walk, we begin the journey back to Auckland.But not with out one last treat. We'll stop at Otorohanga Kiwi House, so you can see these unique birds up close in a dark room.Duration: 1 hour

What’s included

  • Overnight accommodation (Price Based on Dorm Share. Upgrades available subject to availability at extra cost)
  • National Park fees
  • Breakfast
  • Local Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Small-group
  • Walking tour of New Plymouth City
  • Entry/Admission - Mokau River Lookout
  • Entry/Admission - Pukekura Park
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Taranaki
  • Entry/Admission - Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Room Upgrades
  • Entry/Admission - Sky Tower
  • Entry/Admission - Puke Ariki