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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Taranaki > New Plymouth

New Plymouth

This is the major centre in the Taranaki region and is a very pleasant city with nice parks and open spaces and the Puke Ariki museum. New Plymouth has a great location with ski slopes and great surf beaches within a one-hour drive of the city centre.

New Plymouth is off the beaten track and none of the three main backpackers buses come here. The city doesn’t attract many travellers, which is a pity as it is one of New Zealand’s most underrated places.

Practical information

New Plymouth i-SITE Visitor Centre

Puke Ariki, 65 St Aubyn Street, New Plymouth
Tel (06) 759 6060
Website www.taranakinz.org
Open Mon-Tue 9am-6pm, Wed 9am-9pm, Thu-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm

Department of Conservation

220 Devon Street West, New Plymouth
Tel (06) 758 0433
Website www.doc.govt.nz
Open Mon-Fri 8am-4.30pm


All New Plymouth’s hostels have internet access. Esquires Coffee (98 Devon Street East, New Plymouth) has free Wi-Fi access.

Coming & going


New Plymouth Airport has several daily Air New Zealand flights to Auckland and Wellington. New Plymouth Airport Shuttles (tel 0800 373 001) run an airport shuttle service that can pick up and drop off at your hostel.


InterCity Coachlines (tel (09) 623 1503) have services to Auckland and Wellington. Dalroy Tours (tel (06) 759 0197) run express coach services to Hawera, Hamilton, Auckland and Paihia. White Star Bus (tel (06) 759 0197) operate services between New Plymouth and Wellington with stops in Wanganui and Palmerston North. Buses depart from the New Plymouth Travel Centre on Ariki Street.

Local transport

New Plymouth City Bus (tel (06) 753 9646) operate seven bus routes in the New Plymouth area. A single fare is $3 ($20 for 10 trips) within New Plymouth or $5 ($35 for 10 trips) between New Plymouth and Oakura. The central bus terminus is on Ariki Street next to Puke Ariki.

Hostel accommodation

Egmont Eco-Lodge YHA

12 Clawton Street, New Plymouth
Tel (06) 753 5720

No booking fee when you book this hostel online at bug.co.uk

Seaspray House

13 Weymouth Street, New Plymouth
Tel (06) 759 8934

Shoestring Backpackers

48 Lemon Street, New Plymouth
Tel (06) 758 0404

Sunflower Lodge

33 Timandra Street, New Plymouth
Tel (06) 759 0050

Wave Haven Backpackers

1518 Main Road, Oakura (15km from New Plymouth)
Tel (06) 752 7800

Sightseeing, museums & tourist attractions

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

This excellent contemporary art museum combines a permanent collection with a variety of temporary exhibitions. It is an impressive gallery for such a small city.

Queen Street, New Plymouth
Tel (06) 758 5149
Website www.govettbrewster.com
Admission free
Open 10.30am-5pm daily

Puke Ariki

This brilliant museum is the city’s top attraction. It features excellent displays on the region’s geological and cultural history.

1 Ariki Street, New Plymouth
Tel (06) 759 6060
Website www.pukeariki.com
Admission free
Open Mon-Tue 9am-6pm, Wed 9am-9pm, Thu-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm

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