Local Attractions Taranaki offers countless opportunities for adventure. Coastal Walkway https://www.newzealand.com/uk/taranaki/Located halfway between Auckland and Wellington on New Zealand’s west coast, the Taranaki region is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. The rugged and wild coastline is home to more than 12 world-class surf breaks, and the symmetrical volcanic cone of Mt Taranaki even featured in the Last Samurai movie starring Tom Cruise – a lookalike to Mt Fuji in Japan. Explore the multitude of activities on offer including river rafting and multi-day hikes through native forests – or for the super adventurous, why not try surfing and snowboarding in the same day? For a more relaxing experience, walk the New Plymouth coastal walkway and see the Wind Wand, conceived by the pioneering kinetic artist, Len Lye. There are art trails, festivals and award-winning museums and galleries as well as a thriving café culture. Or pay a visit to one of the last working lighthouses in New Zealand, the Cape Egmont lighthouse. Relaxing and cooling in our pool or peaceful walk around our grounds Situated in the heart of New Plymouth, the TSB Festival of Lights transforms the beautiful botanic setting of Pukekura Park into a wonderland of light for seven weeks. The team is currently hard at work planning the entertainment and lights for the 2019/2020 season. You can check back here later in the year for important festival information.