Western North Island

Dominated by the majestic Waikato River the Waikato is a prosperous fertile farming region renowned for its dairy industry and race horse breeding studs. To the west coast is Raglan, gorgeous beach resort, its black sand beaches offering fine surfing and fishing. The rich mineral deposits found in the area have made it a significant source of the nation’s power generation. Heading southwest enter the King Country where we find some of the North Island’s wildest and most unspoilt terrain, from magical underground caverns of Waitomo to the historic harbours at Kawhia and Aotea. On to Taranaki with the distinctive Mt Taranaki(formerly Mt Egmont) presiding over this green, fertile tapestry of tidy farms, rich also in natural gas and oil. The city of New Plymouth reflects this prosperity and has a strong creative culture and vibrant atmosphere with luxury boutique hotels and exclusive bed and breakfasts on offer. The surf highway leads the traveller round the Taranaki bight with great surfing off black sand beaches. Another significant city lies and hour to the south at Wanganui where we find another mighty river, this time the Whanganui. To the southeast,  Palmerston North is the home of the New Zealand Rugby Museum.     

WESTERN NORTH ISLAND ACCOMMODATION

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Hobbiton Movie Set Tours

Phone: 07 888 1505    Address: 501 Buckland Rd Hinuera Matamata 3472 New Zealand    www.hobbitontours.com

Taranaki Wineries

Address: Taranaki    

Coastal Walkway

Address: New Plymouth    

Pukekura Park

Address: New Plymouth    

Museum

Address: New Plymouth    

Mountain Bush Walks

Address: New Plymouth    

Seal Trip

Address: New Plymouth    

Govett Brewster Art Gallery

Address: New Plymouth    

Field Day Activities

Address: Hamilton    

Quarry Gardens

Address: Hamilton    

Waitomo Caves

Address: Hamilton    

Restaurants

Table Restaurant

Phone: 06 758 6423    Address: 71 Brougham Street, New Plymouth    www.nicehotel.co.nz

Salt Restaurant

Address: New Plymouth    

Gusto Restaurant

Address: New Plymouth    

The Garlic Press

Address: New Plymouth    

The Back on Breakwater

Address: New Plymouth    

GPO

Address: Hamilton    

The Woodbox Winery Restaurant & Bar

Address: Hamilton    

NEW PLYMOUTH

NORTH ISLAND

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