“Taranaki Hardcore” 🗻 – a proud region, and for good reason.
This region is so diverse in it’s geography, it really has something for everyone – from the stunning black sand beaches in the north, to the rugged cliff faces of the south beaches, then of course it’s iconic maunga (mountain) Mt Taranaki/ Mt Egmont, which stands strong and proud at the heart of the regions’ circular plains.
Here are my top 5 kid friendly adventures for Taranaki:
- Waingongoro Hut, Mount Taranaki, If you haven’t read it already – click here to check out the blog from my trip with the kids to this hut 🏡
- Kaupokonui Beach – South Taranaki. If you are driving along the surf highway SH45, this little gem is well worth the stop, with surfing, camping and swimming in both river and sea all on offer, though if quiet is not for you, further north along SH45 is the small surf town of Opunake. Here you will find a few shops and at the beach, there is a choice little shallow pool for the little ones.
- Pukekura Park – New Plymouth. This park is at the heart of the city, and has everything, lakes, playground, bush walks and beautiful gardens – it reminds me of a park you would find in a city in Europe (La Rochelle, France to name one)
- Wilkies Pools – Mount Taranaki. These pools are scoured from 20,000 year old lava, if you are made of tough stuff, bring togs and a towel to take a dip in the “refreshing” 🗻 water.
- Three sisters – North Taranaki Coast, Near Tongaporutu. Walk out along the river at low tide to view the 25 metre rock formations jutting out from the sand, there is plenty of exposed cliffs and caves to explore also.
Other must do’s in the Taranaki region are:
- Tawhiti Museum, Hawera
- Puke Ariki, New Plymouth
- Te Henui Coastal Walkway and Paritutu Rock, New Plymouth
Nga mihi, Anita 🥜