The city of New Plymouth is particularly noted for its temperate climate, plethora of museums and art galleries, as well as its stunning parks and greenspaces. Overlooked by Mount Taranaki, the city has impressive views and a striking juxtaposition of the urban and the natural. New Plymouth is also home to plenty of cultural highlights, such as New Zealand’s only contemporary art museum, as well as the Puke Ariki heritage and cultural centre, showcasing the region's diverse history and influences.
New Plymouth offers a diverse range of accommodation options, ranging from hotels to backpacker hostels. Those visiting the city on business however, may find that serviced apartments offer the most convenient and cost effective way of ensuring adequate privacy and functionality for longer periods. Such properties not only offer the benefits of traditional accommodation, such as room cleaning and reception, but also have the added advantage of kitchen facilities and secure access. Whether you are looking for a single occupancy studio or luxury housing, the Squa.re’s range of serviced apartments in New Plymouth is sure to offer the perfect solution to your accommodation needs.
New Plymouth is a popular destination for those looking to explore some of New Zealand’s unique landscape and areas of natural beauty, as well as those looking to partake in adventure sports. The nearby Mount Taranaki/Egmont providing skiing and snowboarding opportunities, as well as incredible hiking trails, whilst the Taranaki coast is known has one of the best places to go surfing in the country.
For those seeking cultural pursuits, the city boasts some incredible museums and galleries, as well as an impressive library and information centre. There are also several smaller centres, devoted to local and indigenous talent. The city also boasts an impressive contemporary art museum, which not only has many examples on show, but also charts the development of what we call ‘modern’ art.
The city is also a great place for those who enjoy live entertainment. There are several theatres and live venues which offer a broad spectrum of acts all year round, as well as several annual festivals which draw in revellers from all over the country. Whatever you enjoy, New Plymouth has something to make your trip an unforgettable experience.
There’s no shortage of fantastic places to eat in New Plymouth, with every kind of cuisine on offer. Juliana's Restaurant on Devon Street is popular with both tourists and locals and offers a varied menu of modern Kiwi cuisine. For those seeking something a little more lively, Arborio Restaurant, Cafe & Bar is open late and often has live music to entertain diners. Alternatively, Deluxe Diner is an American themed restaurant that is suitable for families and large groups.
Whilst there are numerous individual shops dotted all over the city, arguably the best place to head if you are looking for a little retail therapy is Centre City Shopping Centre on Gill Street. The centre is home to over 50 retailers, ranging from high street fashion to consumer electronics. There are also plenty of other retailers in the immediate vicinity, making it a good place to go if you aren’t looking to travel around too much.
The Puke Ariki heritage and cultural centre is a must for first time visitors, as it offers a unique and fascinating insight in Maori culture and what it looks like today. The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre is another important cultural venue, dedicated to contemporary art and New Zealand’s contribution to it. For those looking to explore the natural landscape, the hiking trails of Egmont National Park are just a short drive away
Public transport infrastructure in the city has seen much investment in recent years, bringing it up to modern standards. Bus services operate across central New Plymouth as well as out towards Waitara, Inglewood, Oakura, and Stratford. For those looking to explore the ore remote areas on the outskirts of the city, it is advisable to rent a car, as this is a cost effective means of getting to those harder to reach areas.
New Plymouth’s economy is broadly based on two industries, dairy farming, represented b firms such as Riverlands Eltham Limited and the petroleum industry producing oil and natural gas in the Maui and Kapuni fields, with one noteworthy firm being Shell Todd Oil Services Ltd. The city is also home to TSB Bank - the largest of the remaining non-government banks in the country.