Activity Category: Taranaki

Deluxe Diner, New Plymouth

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This is a central eating place that really is very true to a 1950s retro American diner, from the look of it with the big jukebox, to the food on offer. The menus cover breakfast, lunch and dinner and offer lots of choice, including a separate big kids’ menu. Both…

Kids’ Fishing, New Plymouth Port

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This floating jetty is popular with families and is a good place to bring kids to fish. Make sure you have all your fishing gear and bait with you, as it’s a bit of a walk back to the closest carpark if you forget anything. It’s an exposed spot, so…

Bach on Breakwater, New Plymouth (Port area)

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Looking out onto the port, this café is just out of the city centre but still very accessible (it’s at one end of the coastal pathway) and there’s always something to look at from the big picture windows. There’s lots of outdoor seating with shade sails as well as various…

Pekaren Cafe, Oakura

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This little café is in the same building as the surf life saving club so commands the best views over the beach. With the choice of eating inside by one of the big picture windows or outside under sun umbrellas, there’s always something to look at! The menu is Italian, with…

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth

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This is 2 buildings that seamlessly join the old with the new with a very impressive façade on the outside which is worth visiting even if you don’t venture inside! The shiny façade is mesmirising and unlike any other building in New Zealand. Not only can kids have fun looking at…

Walk up Paritutu Rock, New Plymouth

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This rock along with the Sugar Loaf Islands are distinctive and visible from much of the New Plymouth coast but did you know that you can walk up Paritutu? It’s really not a long walk in terms of distance but due to being really steep and rocky under foot, it’s…

Tawhiti Museum, Hawera, Taranaki

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This is made up of 3 different attractions; a museum, a (new) Traders and Whalers Museum and a separate Bush railway ride (limited operating times, see under ‘Open’). It is worth deciding which part your kids will enjoy most and just paying for one attraction at a time, as there’s…

Butlers Reef, Oakura, Taranaki

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This pub also seems to be known as The Butlers Bar and Cafe. This is a family friendly pub serving good pub food. There’s a separate kids’ menu with all the usual pub staples on it (fish and chips, burgers etc). It has a garden area big enough to kick…

The Seaside Market, New Plymouth

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This family friendly market runs on the first Sunday of every month (check website for dates) and is the biggest market in Taranaki. A good atmosphere is created by local artists who come along and play music. There are stalls selling food and locally made produce including clothes, jewellery and home…

Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

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With 52 hectares of land, there is a lot to do in Pukekura Park! There’s a playground with some interesting equipment; a waterwheel and channel for controlling the water, tunnels through a little hill, a couple of slides, the rope structure for climbing on (as pictured above), mini trampolines, flying fox…