Our New Plymouth accommodation is perfectly positioned for you to enjoy all the area has to offer. The dramatic, snow-topped volcanic cone of Mount Taranaki is a spiritual and physical force in 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”.
Our New Plymouth hotels are a perfect base for exploring the breathtaking beauty of the area.
In the Maori language, Taranaki means 'Gliding Peak', a name that ties to the legend of how the mountain came to its location. As the story goes, Taranaki once lived with the North Island’s other great volcanoes (Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe) but was banished for falling in love with Tongariro’s wife, a smaller volcano called Pihanga.
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.
If you’re heading to New Plymouth to watch concert, or attending a festival or expo, we have a number of hotels near Yarrow Stadium, that will save you precious time and money getting to the venue.
Stay in our New Plymouth accommodation and explore the areas attractions, including:
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.
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.
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.