New Plymouth is definitely my favourite town in the North Island. Mt Taranaki dominates the landscape no matter where you are in town and it is always a beautiful sight. Because of its similarity to Mt Fuji, Mt Taranaki (also called Mt Egmont) is where the film Last Samurai was shot.
It feels like a sleepy little town, far away from the noise of the big cities, but there is actually quite a lot of action going on in New Plymouth, pretty much all year round.
It is well worth a day stop on a tour of the North Island. Or maybe even a couple of days if you really want to make the most out of all the sights – I could spend a good few hours just inside Pukekura Park, for example.
While you’re in the Taranaki region, a visit to the Three Sisters is mandatory.
and if you stop there at the end of the afternoon, you might very well be rewarded with this:
If you are planning a New Zealand road trip, or even just a road trip around the North Island, this town should definitely be one of the pit stops.