Activities and Things to Do in New Plymouth, Taranaki | Richmond Farm Lodge

Located on the scenic Surf Highway 45

Luxury accommodation on the beautiful Taranaki coast

The Taranaki region has so much to offer to every kind of visitor to the area, whether it is for a one night stay for one of the many concerts held at the Brooklands Park in New Plymouth, or having a weekend getaway planned for yourself or family.

This region offers walking and tramping tracks to suit every fitness level. The most iconic of them all is Egmont National Park/Mount Taranaki. Mount Taranaki is best accessed via Egmont Road to North Egmont, Pembroke Rd at Stratford to East Egmont (Ngati Ruanui Stratford Mountain House) and Manaia Rd at Kaponga to Dawson Falls.

Activities in New Plymouth, Taranaki

Explore the region on foot or by bike


Easy and affordable hireage from New Plymouth CBD can be arranged. Maps included.

Surf Highway 45

Driving this iconic coast road from New Plymouth to Opunake and around the coast will lead you to dozens of world class surf breaks, beaches, artist studios, and cosy cafes..

Te Henui and
Huatoki walkways

Unpaved but gently graded walks that take you through developed parkland and scenic bush within minutes of New Plymouth city centre.

Pukekura Park

Often described as the jewel in New Plymouth’s crown, it covers 52 hectares right in the heart of New Plymouth and is one of New Zealand’s premier botanical gardens. It lights up over the summer period for the famous annual Festival of Lights. It has an international Green Flag award and is a Garden of National Significance

Brooklands Zoo

A free, family-focused zoo that is home to various farm animals as well as meerkats, oriental small-clawed otters, squirrel monkeys and a range of colourful birds that are housed in a walk through free-flight aviary.

Bowl of Brooklands

A unique venue in New Plymouth that features an impressive outdoor sound stage and a large grass amphitheatre within Pukekura Park. It is a spectacular venue for many great summer concerts and festivals such as WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance), an event that attracts thousands of people from all over the world.

Mt Taranaki and
Egmont National Park

Offers walkers and hikers access to more than 300km of tracks that provide spectacular scenery of diverse alpine environments. Mt Taranaki is best accessed via Egmont Rd to North Egmont, Pembroke Rd at Stratford to East Egmont (Ngati Ruanui Stratford Mountain House ) and Manaia Rd at Kaponga to Dawson Falls.

Oakura Township and Beach

Located just a five minute drive from your New Plymouth luxury accommodation at Richmond Farm Lodge. Here you can enjoy sea views, safe swimming, surfing and nature walks. The township is home of many great New Zealand artists and crafts people. A selection of high quality local art, crafts, jewellery and gifts can also be viewed and purchased within the township.

Coastal Walkway

An award winning 11km path that forms an expansive sea-edge promenade stretching from Port Taranaki all the way to Hickford Park in Bell Block. The walkway is ideal for walking running cycling or skating or simply enjoying the view of the beautiful and dramatic West Coast. Along the route is Ngamotu Beach, Aquatic Centre/Kawaroa Park, Len Lye Wind Wand, East End and Fitzroy beaches and the iconic Te Rewa Rewa bridge (winner of 2011 Footbridge Bridge Award).

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