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Facts about Taranaki Region with location information


The dramatic, snow-topped volcanic cone of Mount Taranaki provides a spiritual compass for the people of this region. The mountain is the source of over 50 rivers and streams, the home of many botanically unique plants, and the subject of many stories and legends. On sighting the mountain in 1642, explorer Abel Tasman said it was "the noblest hill I've ever seen". The mountain and the Tasman Sea, provide a natural playground for travellers who enjoy outdoor adventures. The region is also known for its creativity and ingenuity - characteristics that materialise as beautiful gardens, fascinating museums and highly acclaimed art collections.



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Mount Taranaki

Taranaki's famous 2518 metre dormant volcano sits at the centre of beautiful Egmont National Park. The park offers outstanding hiking, climbing, skiing and photography opportunities. Mount Taranaki also has more than 300 kilometres of walking tracks, ranging from 10 minute nature walks to a three-day trek around the mountain.

The Surf Highway

The close proximity of the mountain to the sea is one of Taranaki's special features. It takes only 30 minutes to drive from mountain plateau to beach - making it possible to ski and surf in the same day.

Puke Ariki

An interactive library, museum and visitor centre, Puke Ariki displays more than 6000 significant Maori taonga (treasures). The centre looks out to Len Lye's Wind Wand sculpture on the coastal walkway.


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