New Plymouth is an attractive alternative destination to more conventional tourist routes and is becoming better known with an increasing influx in the number of visitors, migrants, refugees and their families.
From innovative world class facilities to stunning landscapes, New Plymouth shows off an awesome coastline with some of New Zealand's best surf and spectacular entertainment.
The imposing Mount Taranaki and Egmont National Park are places of interest for trampers and climbers. Parks, reserves and gardens thrive in this climate and is the region's main drawcard for visitors. There are a wide range of restaurants, cafes and art & crafts shops throughout the city. New Plymouth district has something for everyone all year around.
The local economy is diverse and includes agriculture with dairying being a mainstay supported by horticulture, aquaculture and floraculture.
The petrochemical sector, heavy engineering, manufacturing, education, and tourism industries are also strong contributors. The area is a leader in the energy sector and is a base for the oil, gas and petrochemical industries.
New Plymouth is a vibrant city with attractions like Pukekura Park, Bowl of Brooklands, Len Lye Gallery, Puke Ariki museum, 14 other parks and reserves, 13 official beaches, 7km Coastal walkway, Wind wand etc.
New Plymouth and the Taranaki region has won various awards;
"The best and most liveable community in the world (population 20,001 to 75,000)"
"The best project in the world making a positive difference - the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway"
"The world's best and most sustainable community"
2008 International Awards for Liveable Communities
"The best place in New Zealand to live, love, work and raise a family"
2017 Taranaki won Lonely Planets 2nd Best Region in the World Award