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Taranaki is situated on the mid west coast of New Zealand. The heart of the province is mighty Mount Taranaki, the heart of Taranaki, the heart of the people. The province has an abundance of rivers, sea, surf beaches and bush walks, all the attractions for which New Zealand is famous.

Surf Highway 45. Taranaki boasts the best all year round surfing coastline in New Zealand. Wet, wild and wicked! Surfers come here from all over the world to take in a Taranaki experience. Accommodation is available near all surfing beaches.

Taranaki is famous for its parks and gardens, especially Pukekura Park, the park for all people. All parks are open year round and many stunning home gardens are open during the famous annual Taranaki Rhododendron Festival.

Nearby, Port Taranaki is one of the country's largest ports on a cargo tonnage basis with more than five million tonnes of trade per year. Our port is the only deepwater port on New Zealand's west coast.

Dam Big Drop

Dam Dropping with Kaitiaki Adventures For something Unique try out "White water sledging". In a journey down the Waingongoro River enjoy beautiful scenery and grade 2 and 3 rapids. Year round water action attraction, two trips daily 9am and 1pm. The Taranaki Region offers countless adventures with the spectacular contrast of the highlands and the Ocean being side by side in a place that can offer the best of many worlds.

Taranaki boasts a large exciting shopping centre, along with specialty shops, interesting arcades, a broad range of supermarkets and many boutiques. Because Taranaki has a deep interest in the arts, it's people abound with creativity. Many of these artists welcome you to watch them work in their beautiful surroundings of Taranaki. Check out the roadside stalls offering fresh homegrown fruits and vegetables and wander through the stunning nurseries afforded by a temperate climate and rich volcanic soils.

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