I found a very beautiful description of Taranaki in a tourist brochure, which I would like to bring here, so all the credit goes to the writers.
Taranaki has been labeled the “Garden of New Zealand” since pioneering times, and for very good reason. Rich volcanic soils and equable climate, blessed with both high sunshine hours and plenty of rain, combine to create conditions that cultivate a huge range of plants within its temperate – often subtropical – atmosphere.
The region has also earned that reputation the hard way – through pioneering grit, determination and plenty of work. The region now enjoys ten out of 31 Gardens of National Significance around New Zealand, along with several Gardens of regional significance.
Lake at Pukekura Gardens, New Plymouth. Photo by Sandy Austin
Add to the gardens the myriad of walkways – through bush, farmland, forests, wetlands, by rivers, lakes and sea, on the mountain and through pioneering towns and villages – and it’s clear that Taranaki is a nature-lover’s paradise.
Mt Taranaki and Egmont National Park offer more than 180km of tracks, and the New Plymouth coastal walkway provides 7km of paved boardwalk passing several beaches, playgrounds, stone sculptures and the 45m Len Lye kinetic windwand.
Mount Egmont. Photo by PhillipC
The White cliffs walkway in North Taranaki is highly popular in the summer months, whilst Matemateonga walkway in East Taranaki can be incorporated with an adrenalin-fueled Whanganui river jetboat ride.
If you’re into golfing, Taranaki has courses catering for all skill levels scattered throughout the region. Twelve top golf courses are all playable 12 months of the year, and all are a maximum of just one hour’s drive from New Plymouth of Hawera.
For more information about Taranaki region visit: www.taranaki.co.nz
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