Elephant Rock and The Three Sisters of which only two are now left standing, the third has been claimed by the sea. I did not know about this feature of the Taranaki coast but passed it on the way to go hiking at Mount Taranaki. Since it was low tide tide I could walk out to see them. I will need to return with a tripod in better light to do the spot justice.

Getty Images

Taranaki & Whanganui

Halfway between Auckland and Wellington on New Zealand's underappreciated west coast, Taranaki (aka 'the 'Naki') is the country's Texas, with oil and gas streaming in from offshore rigs. But in New Plymouth free galleries, a provincial museum and dining hot spots attract young families and retirees from Auckland craving a slower pace without compromising lifestyle. Travellers are following suit.


Must-see attractions for your itinerary


Latest stories from Taranaki & Whanganui

Filter by interest:


New Zealand's Mount Taranaki granted 'living person' status

Jun 14, 2018 • 2 min read


Purchase our award-winning guidebooks

Get to the heart of Taranaki & Whanganui with one of our in-depth, award-winning guidebooks, covering maps, itineraries, and expert guidance.

Go Beyond

Taranaki & Whanganui and beyond