Welcome to New Plymouth, New Zealand
About New Plymouth
New Plymouth New Zealand is located on the North Islands west coast in the Taranaki district of New Zealand. New Plymouth offers something for everyone: sun, sea, sand and snow. Located on the North Island's west coast, New Plymouth District has a population of almost 70,000 - nearly two thirds of the total population of the Taranaki region. It is situated midway between the major metropolitan centres of Auckland and Wellington.
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Driving to New Plymouth from either of these centres is only a four and a half hour drive along scenic highways - or 50 minutes by airSome of the best surfing in the country, a marine park conservation area, Mount Taranaki and the Egmont National Park, a mecca for trampers and climbers..
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New Plymouth Attractions
New Plymouth is surrounded by a spectacularly beautiful environment from its stunning coastline offering some of the best surfing conditions in the country, and a marine park conservation area, to impressive Mount Taranaki and the Egmont National Park which is a mecca for trampers and climbers. The area's climate is ideal for the parks, reserves and gardens which have become a highlight of the district and a drawcard for visitors.
The diverse local economy includes agriculture with a strong dairying emphasis as well as aquaculture, floraculture, horticulture and forestry. Also very important are petrochemicals and energy, heavy engineering, manufacturing, education, leisure and recreation. Tourism has had an increasingly international profile because of the impressive range of natural attractions close by.
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The energy sector is particularly important and the New Plymouth District provides the base for New Zealand's major oil, gas and petrochemical industries which in turn provides a solid commercial and employment base for the region. Overseas investment has been encouraged and has created a flourishing energy industry and associated businesses
Frequent direct flights operate out of the modern New Plymouth Airport to the major international gateways of Auckland, Wellington and other cities. There are also connections to east coast centres and the South Island. Air New Zealand is the major airline operating through Taranaki and uses New Plymouth Airport as its service base for its North Island operations, flying 33-seater Saab aircraft.New Plymouth has the only deepwater port on New Zealand's west coast. Port Taranaki is one of the country's largest ports on a cargo tonnage basis with more than five million tonnes of trade each year.Today, the majestic mountain, known as either Mount Egmont or Taranaki, surrounded by lush, green countryside, blue sea and skies, protects the fertile region of Taranaki. It also provides unique recreational and educational opportunities for the region's residents and visitors. Dominating our weather and everyday life with its ever changing moods, the mountain provides excellent climbing (with care and planning), skiing, tramping and photography.