When asked to describe his homeland, (Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit director) Peter Jackson said “New Zealand is not a small country but a large village” and never a truer word was spoken about New Plymouth. Named after Plymouth in England when the first British settlers arrived in 1841, the city is a hybrid of traditions. Treasure, stories and culture fuse perfectly together with coastal walkways, botanic gardens and award winning golf-courses in this bubbly, artsy city. View more
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Discover New Plymouth with a trip to Mt. Taranaki and the Egmont National Park Visitor Centre, experience the lush native forest and admire the stunning views. You will then travel to Te Kainga Marire Garden, an inner city native garden, whose name translates in Maori for "the peaceful encampment".
Egmont National Park
Leave the pier for the short and scenic drive to the iconic peak of Mount Taranaki, stopping to discover the legend of the mountain at the Egmont National Park Visitor Centre, surrounded by lush native bush with stunning views.
The Visitor Centre offers comprehensive displays, a small café and retail area, and friendly staff who can help with track and weather information. Take a guided bush walk with an expert local guide, who will explain the history of the mountain, the surrounding national park, and the rich array of native flora and wildlife it is home to.
Rest your legs whilst enjoying a morning tea selection of filtered coffee, tea or juice and a selection of savoury and sweet bites.
Te Kainga Marire Garden
Next, make your way to Te Kainga Marire Garden on a comfortable 45-minute drive. Echoing the native theme is Te Kainga Marire - Maori for "the peaceful encampment", one of only five 6-star gardens in New Zealand. The skillfully designed inner-city garden has been hand-crafted from bare land over decades by Valda Poletti and Dave Clarkson, who live amidst the lush ferns, wetland plants, alpine treasures and native trees.
Valda will welcome you personally and answer any questions as you meander through this wonderland, a true gem of Middle Earth.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We suggest guests be in good physical condition to take full advantage of this tour, guests can choose the type of walk they wish to participate in based on own ability. Approximately 1500 metres (1 mile) will be covered over uneven surfaces and uneven ground with some stairs at the visitors centre.
Depart the wharf on a city drive en route to a lookout point providing uninterrupted 360 degree views of New Plymouth along with the mighty Mt. Taranaki and Paritutu Rock on the coast. Make your way to the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge for a photo stop and then drive to Len Lye Centre Museum for a short tour.
Leave the pier for the short and scenic drive to a viewing area and observe the mighty Mt. Taranaki on one side and the city on the other area melting its way down to the beautiful Sugar Loaf Islands Marine Sanctuary and Paritutu Rock on the coast line.
Te Rewa Rewa Bridge
Next, drive to one of the many points of the coastal walkway. Reminiscent of both a breaking wave and whale skeleton, the international award winning Te Rewa Rewa Bridge is New Plymouth's newest icon. Make a stop for breathtaking photos before driving into the city.
Drive past the famous Bowls of Brooklands and round the TSB stadium. Make your way to the city centre and the Wind Wand. This 48 metre (157 feet) kinetic sculpture, which includes 45 metres (147 feet) of red fiberglass tube, was made to the designs of artist Len Lye.
Len Lye Centre
Continue to the Len Lye Centre for a short guided tour. The Centre is an international destination for experimental film and kinetic art. It houses the collection and archive of Len Lye, one of the most original artists of the twentieth century. Pioneer filmmaker, sculptor, painter and poet, Lye's extraordinary body of work gives you a unique view into modernism and offers a rich vein for inspiration and insight.
Your tour will conclude back to the pier area after a short 15-minute drive.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking and is at guest's leisure at each stop. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who are confined to a wheelchair, guests would need to transfer from chair. Approximately 400 metres (437 yards) will be covered over paved surfaces with two stairs at the centre.
Explore the beautiful Pukeiti Gardens of New Plymouth and also discover the wines of New Zealand with a trip to Okurukuru Winery. The gardens are renowned for their rhododendron collection and beautiful views. The Okurukuru Winery is a small family operation producing Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Pinotage, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay.
Board your coach for a short, 30-minute ride to the gardens located on 360 hectares (889 acres) of rainforest grounds in the foothills of Mt. Taranaki. Established in 1951, Pukeiti offers extensive gardens and plant collections with numerous short walking paths and vantage points offering splendid views.
Explore your choice of trails after you have been greeted and introduced to the gardens with a brief history.
Re-board your coach and make your way to Okurukuru Winery, a brief 15-minute drive away. Owned by Peter and Chris Hayward, who live locally, the winery is a father/daughter venture with Kate Acland based in Marlborough, who owns the Sugar Loaf Winery, and is the wine maker for both Okurukuru and Sugar Loaf companies. There is approximately 7 acres (2 hectares) planted with Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Pinotage, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay. Enjoy the spectacular coastal views from the vines rolling down to the Taranaki's surf coast across the stunning Tasman Sea.
Sample a selection of four wines with lite bites, including cheese and grapes to compliment your tasting selections.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Walking at the garden is at guest's leisure and covers approximately 1500 metres (1 mile). We suggest wearing comfortable clothing and walking shoes and well as sun protection. Guests need to be 21 years of age to participate in the wine tasting.