Our New Plymouth accommodation gives you the best of both worlds, as this New Zealand city offers such diversity of environment that you can ski and surf all in one day. With the snow plateaus of Mt Taranaki and the excellent surf breaks of Taranaki’s beaches just thirty minutes apart, the snow and sand are both at your fingertips.Our New Plymouth hotels are a perfect base for exploring the breathtaking beauty of the dramatic, snow-topped Mount Taranaki. The mountain is the source of over 50 rivers and streams, the home of many unique plants, and the subject of many stories and legends. In the Maori language, Taranaki means 'Gliding Peak', a name that relates to the legend of its coastal location. As the story goes, Taranaki once lived inland with the other great volcanoes of Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe, but was banished after losing a battle for the love of Pihanga. New Plymouth is also home to Puke Ariki, an interactive museum, library and visitor centre that explores the history of the region of Taranaki. The centre houses a number of Maori treasures, a full library and plenty of information for Taranaki visitors. Puke Ariki is a must-see when staying in a New Plymouth hotel. New Plymouth boasts a spectacular coastline, during your stay in one of our New Plymouth hotels visit the award winning coastal walkway, which offers brilliant views of the coast, the setting sun at dusk and features the awe-inspiring Wind Wand sculpture. The sculpture, created by a famous New Plymouth son Len Lye, stretches 45m into the air.