Our Taranaki accommodation
is in region of contrast’s offering such diversity of environment that you can ski and surf all in one day. With the just thirty minutes drive separating the snow plateaus of Mt Taranaki and the excellent surf breaks of Taranaki’s beaches, both the snow and sand are at your fingertips.
Our Taranaki 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.
Taranaki also boasts a spectacular coastline, during your stay in one of our Taranaki hotels visit the award winning coastal walkway, and experience the brilliant views of the coast, from the unbeatable scene of the setting sun at dusk to Len Lye’s awe-inspiring Wind Wand sculpture, which stretches 45m into the air.
Another reason to stay in our Taranaki accommodation is regions unique coast. The spherical shoreline allows Taranaki’s beaches to collect 180 degrees of swell, and is renowned for its offering of the most consistent surf in New Zealand. For this reason, the highway that flanks the coastline is known as the Surf Highway.
Puke Ariki, an interactive visitor centre that explores the history of the region. The centre houses a number of Maori treasures, a full library, museum a wide range of information for Taranaki visitors. Puke Ariki should feature on any itinerary when staying in a Taranaki hotel