New Plymouth

When it comes to unbeatable surf and cultural kudos, the seaside city of New Plymouth takes the cake.

New Plymouth beach is famous for its waves that draw serious surfers from near and far. Don’t want to brave the breakers? No problem. You can watch the ocean with your feet (or bicycle tyres) firmly on the ground as you make your way along the scenic 13km Coastal Walkway. In town, culture vultures will love taking a peek at the waterfront museum Puke Ariki or the unusual metal-clad Govett-Brewster Art Gallery to see some contemporary New Zealand art. Learn about fascinating Māori culture and history at the Tawhiti Museum.