New Plymouth, New Zealand cruises

Lying at the base of New Zealand’s most perfectly formed volcano – Mount Taranaki – sunny New Plymouth is brimming with vibrant art galleries and gorgeous parks.

At 8,261 feet Mount Taranaki dominates the skyline of New Plymouth. Covered in a veritable maze of hiking trails, the dormant volcano is surrounded by thick forests filled with lush waterfalls, rainforests, and mossy swamps.

New Plymouth is famous for its sunny climate and has a reputation as one of the best places for surfing in New Zealand. But the city also has an artistic side, with its acclaimed Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, the country’s only contemporary art museum. 

On the waterfront you’ll find Puke Ariki, an excellent museum and heritage centre with an extensive collection of Māori artefacts and much more. Pukekura Park is a great place to relax and enjoy nature, with 49 hectares of gardens, playgrounds, trails, and waterfalls. You may also like to stroll along the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, a 7-mile promenade offering stunning views, as well as an impressive selection of restaurants.