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242 kms southwest of Hamilton and 234kms northwest of Palmerston North, New
Plymouth is the main commercial centre for the Taranaki region and the base
for the off shore oil production and petrochemical industry.
With its rich volcanic soil, the city is well known for its gardens. Chief
among them are the 52ha Pukekura Park in the centre of the city (named a
Garden of National Significance), and Pukeiti, a rhododendron garden of
international significance high on the Pouakai Range.
30 Minute drive from New Plymouth, is Mount Taranaki/Egmont providing recreation opportunities, from skiing and snowboarding to rock climbing and alpine walks. New Plymouth and the surrounding coast is known as ‘big wave territory’ with some of the country’s best surfing spots found off this coastline.
New Plymouth is served by
coach and bus services to and from Auckland, Rotorua, Tauranga, Taupo, Napier, Hastings,
Whanganui, Palmerston North and Wellington.