March 13 is Taranaki Anniversary Day, so let’s celebrate the region voted by Lonely Planet as the second best in the world, by taking a look at what makes it a great place to live.
Mountains to the sea: For anybody who loves the outdoors, whether it’s just admiring some stunning scenery, or getting in amongst it by hiking, skiing, surfing or mountain biking, Taranaki is ideal. From Mt Taranaki at the surrounding national park to some world renowned surf breaks on dramatic black sand beaches, Taranaki offers some of the best in Kiwi outdoor living.
A great place to start is New Plymouth’s Coastal Walkway, a 10km seaside path that spans almost the length of the city, from Hickford Park, Bell Block to Port Taranaki, taking in not only stunning sea views but public parks, farmland, the dramatic Te Rewa Rewa bridge (pictured below) which frames Mt Taranaki as well as stone carvings and public art works.
Arts and culture: One of those artworks found on the walkway is the iconic Len Lye Wind Wand kinetic sculpture. For more of the artist’s work visit the Len Lye Centre attached to the stunning Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (pictured below).
It’s just the tip of the iceberg in Taranaki’s world class arts and culture scene. The region is filled with theatres, galleries and museums and is home to a number of music, arts and food festivals each year including WOMAD.
Hitting the road: There are great road trips to take around Taranaki which showcase some the region’s highlights outside of New Plymouth. Take State Highway 45 – known to locals as the Surf Highway – for some stunning coastal scenery as well as old school pubs, cool cafes, and at the dramatic Ahu Ahu beach, the wreck of the SS Gairloch. Alternatively try the Forgotten World Highway which stretches 150km from Stratford to Taumarunui in King Country for river and mountain views with detours to walking tracks.
NEED TO KNOW:
If you’re considering a move to Taranaki here are some useful links for more information:
- Harcourts sales consultants in Taranaki can give you a clear picture of market conditions in the region and have plenty of local knowledge to share. Find one HERE
- Find current Taranaki property listings HERE
- For more information on things to see and do in the region visit the Venture Taranaki website HERE
- For more information on living in Taranaki click HERE
- For a recent Harcourts story on key industry in the region click HERE