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Taranaki, River Region – The Wild West Coast

Taranaki is a place of stunning natural beauty and the place to renew your spirit. Meander along winding river gorges and quiet highways under the gaze of the Mount Taranaki, the perfect cone-shaped mountain that dominates this region. There are two well-known and recognised drives that offer visitors scenery in stark contrast:

The Forgotten World Highway, is one of the most secluded roads, and New Zealand's first heritage trail. Forgotten is its name, but this route is really a journey of remembrance. From the top of the ragged Strathmore Saddle you'll see the three volcanoes of Tongariro National Park to the east and the snow-topped cone of Mount Taranaki to the west. The Whangamomona Saddle provides a spectacular view of native beech and Podocarp forest - if you have time, park and enjoy the three-hour circular walk that begins here.

The Surf Highway 45, is a 105 kilometre stretch, that hugs the coastline between New Plymouth and Hawera. The Highway links the regions urban centres with legendary surf spots, with names such as Back Beach, Kumara Patch, Graveyard and The Dump, just to name a few. But waves aren't the only reason to follow this touring route - Egmont National Park is always within reach, with a comprehensive network of tracks to take you up and around Mount Taranaki. You'll be in the perfect position to study the botanical changes from surf to summit.

Don't miss:

Egmont National Park

The picturesque Mount Taranaki dominates the regions landscape from every conceivable angle.

Mt. Taranaki was recently used as a backdrop for the 2003 movie “The Last Samurai”.

Comprehensive tracks and trails, and easy accessibility make the mountain a popular attraction for locals and visitors alike.

Whitecliffs Brewing Company - Mike's Mild Ale

Taranaki has an abundance of local products in the region. Visit a working brewery for sales and samples of Mike's Mild Ale.

A premium handcrafted English style mild ale produced from only natural organic ingredients using traditional methods. State Highway 3, south of Urenui, open 7 days 10 am - 6 pm.

Hawera - Dairyland Visitor Centre

If you are coming from the south take time on your way to visit The Kiwi Dairies' visitor centre, a window on the largest and most efficient dairy manufacturing site in the world.

It features informative audio-visual and interactive displays about the development of the dairy industry. Comparisons between dairy farming around 1900 with dairy farming today highlight the role of technology in a modern dairy factory.
Whareroa Rd, Hawera, open 7 days 9am-5pm.


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