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Waitara to New Plymouth Airport – 9.5 km, driving time 11 minutes
Waitara to New Plymouth central – 17 km, driving time 18 minutes
Waitara to Auckland central – 348 km, driving time 3hrs 45 minutes
Waitara to Wanganui central – 162 km, driving time 2hrs 20 minutes
Waitara to Wellington central – 354 km, driving time 5 hrs
Waitara to Mt Taranaki – 57 km, driving time 56 minutes

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Mt Taranaki (Mt Egmont) -
Visit Mt Taranaki with a 2518m high peak it is the 2nd tallest mountain in the North Island.
Surrounded by the 33,534 hectare Egmont National Park.

For those who love a challenge, the climb to the top is rewarded by spectacular views of the coast and across to the mountains of the Central Plateau.

For those wanting a more relaxing experience there are beautiful walks through verdant forest to waterfalls, wetlands and excellent viewpoints.

Walks -
31 walks within the region

Golf -

Home of 20 magnificent golf courses, Taranaki is a must for the keen golfer. Courses range from 18 hole championship links, rated third in New Zealand, to the real country 9 hole where the livestock are ‘par’ of the course.  Visitors are welcome at most Taranaki golf courses with special opportunities to tee up with the locals. Whether you want a single round or a full on golf holiday.

Wineries/Breweries -
Visit the film locations of The Last Samurai or tour the region’s boutique wineries and breweries.

Historic Maori cultural sites - 
Visit the ancient site of the Pukerangiora Pa   Rated 10th in the 100 most historic spots in New Zealand

Manukorihi Pa is one of the largest pa in North Taranaki. Waitara was one of the first regions of New Zealand to be settled by Maori and consequently has some important heritage sites. Manukorihi Pa is set above the town and has a magnificent carved meeting house - Te Ikaroa-a-Maui. Tours can be arranged. Contact the marae tel: 06 754 6863

Fishing & Fishing Charters
Fishing is popular with the locals in and around the Waitara river mouth or nearby beach, and there are snapper, herring and kahawai in the area.
For local fishing charters contact:
NAKI FISHING CHARTERS, Bell Block, New Plymouth, TEL 027 271 4666
FISHEY BUSINESS CHARTERS, New Plymouth. Tel 06 758 8095 or 027 271 4666

Railway, Waitara Beaches, Bridge & River -

On the first and third Sunday of each month, the Waitara Railway Preservation Society operates a return train ride to Lepperton.  At one point the track has a 1 in 40 gradient - the steepest in New Zealand. The Waitara River, which flows through the town, is popular for fishing, boating and white water rafting. Bridge swinging is another fun river activity.

Waitara Swimming Pools
A short walk across the Waitara bridge are the local swimming pools. It is a heated swimming pool for lane and leisure swimming. They are open from November to March and are very reasonably priced.

Gardens, Parks & Rhododendron Festival –
Known as the Garden of New Zealand for over 150 years, Taranaki still offers a spectacular array of parks and public and private gardens to explore.  Rhododendron Festival every Oct-Nov.

Events –
Taranaki is renowned as the home of amazing events. From huge concerts at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands to intimate exhibitions to races around our magnificent mountain, there something for everyone.

New Plymouth Shopping etc –
Only  17 km away you can enjoy some relaxing retail therapy. The city itself consists of a main street  hosting well-known national stores as well as exclusive boutiques. Explore the side streets too – there are many little gems to discover. Do not restrict yourself to shops – there are cafes and restaurants. The Centre City shopping complex on the waterfront has a wide variety of shops and a food court. Heading away from the centre of town, Devon Street East becomes a shopping delight and then in Fitzroy where delis and gift shops abound. Those believing bigger is better should head to The Valley Mega Centre.

Anglican, Catholic, Crossroads Church (non-denominational), Methodist, Presbyterian.