Paritutu Rock

Hill in New Plymouth

Just west of town is Paritutu, a steep-sided, craggy hill over 150m tall whose name translates as ‘Rising Precipice’. 'Precipice' is right – it's a seriously knee-trembling, 15-minute scramble to the top, the upper reaches over bare rock with a chain to grip on to. If you can ignore your inner screams of common sense, you can see for miles around at the summit: out to the Sugar Loaves, down across the town and out to Mt Taranaki beyond. If the weather is unfavourable, it's best (and safest!) to save it for another day.