New Plymouth Regional Information
New Plymouth Overview
New Plymouth is Taranaki region's only city. New Plymouth is situated on the west coast of the North Island 365 km south of Auckland and 352 kilometres north of Wellington, with a 2006 urban-area population of 47,913. New Plymouth was the region's first European settlement and has always been the largest. The city is the administrative centre of the New Plymouth District Council.
Today its economy is based on two industries, dairy farming - that dominates the surrounding plains, and the petroleum industry producing oil and natural gas in the Maui and Kapuni fields.
New Plymouth is also home of the TSB Bank (formerly the Taranaki Savings Bank), the largest of the remaining non-government New Zealand-owned banks.
New Plymouth Highlights
New Plymouth is an exciting city with many attractions on offer. These include:
- The nearby Mount Taranaki/Egmont providing skiing and snowboarding opportunities
- Rock climbing and alpine walks on Mount Taranaki/Egmont
- Taranaki coast is known has one of the best places to go surfing in New Zealand
- The world's first purpose-built, fully integrated museum, library and information centre
- A contemporary art museum
- An aquatic centre
- Choice of 20 golf courses in the region
- The annual WOMAD festival (among many other festivals)
New Plymouth Accommodation
New Plymouth is a popular tourist destination and offers a wide range of accommodation options:
- New Plymouth Motels
- New Plymouth Hotels
- New Plymouth Bed and Breakfasts
- New Plymouth Backpackers
- New Plymouth Campsites and Holiday Parks
- New Plymouth Apartments
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Useful New Plymouth Links
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- New Plymouth Accommodation
- New Plymouth Tours
- New Plymouth Attractions
- New Plymouth Transport
- New Plymouth Cuisine and Dining
- New Plymouth Shopping
- New Plymouth Visitor Information
New Plymouth Region Information
Key information and facts about the New Plymouth region.
Major activities and attractions in the New Plymouth region.