Taranaki is located halfway between Auckland and Wellington on the western coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

It is easily accessed by air using Air New Zealand’s domestic service and by road via major state highways, including New Zealand’s oldest heritage trail – The Forgotten World Highway SH43.

By Air

Taranaki is a short direct flight from the many cities throughout New Zealand. Air New Zealand has daily connections to New Plymouth Airport from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. 
Approximate flight times:
Auckland to New Plymouth - 50 min 
Wellington to New Plymouth - 50 min 
Christchurch to New Plymouth - 90 min 

By Road

Taranaki is a scenic drive away from many parts of the country, accessible from the north and south on State Highway 3, and from the east along the picturesque Forgotten World Highway (State Highway 43).

Once in Taranaki, Surf Highway 45 is a great touring route used to discover coastal towns and surf breaks on the Taranaki coastline between New Plymouth and Hāwera, with a direct inland route connecting the region’s major towns.

Regularly scheduled bus services operate both north and south from Taranaki, and within New Plymouth city.

Approximate drive times:

Auckland to New Plymouth: 4 hours 30 minutes
Hamilton to New Plymouth: 3 hours 
Palmerston North to New Plymouth: 3 hours 
Rotorua to New Plymouth: 3 hours 30 minutes
Taupō to New Plymouth: 3 hours 30 minutes
Tauranga to New Plymouth: 4 hours 

See the touring route guides for SH43 The Forgotten World Highway and SH45 The Surf Highway below. 

By Bicycle

The Forgotten World Cycle Trail, from Taumarunui to New Plymouth, is the first on-road addition to the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

It offers a challenging yet scenic 180km link between the central North Island and Taranaki via quiet country roads and a section of the Forgotten World Highway, with two unsealed sections and several large hills.

Accommodation and supplies are available at Whangamōmona, Purangi and Lepperton (see the accommodation section of our website for more information). Allow two to three days to reach Taranaki from Taumarunui.

Kōpiko Aotearoa is a route across the North Island of New Zealand between East Cape and Taranaki. 

Download Taranaki Brochures

Venture Taranaki, in collaboration with the region's i-SITEs, write and produce a number of publications and guidebooks to encourage visitors to experience the region's best.

Download them here or find them at i-SITE Visitor Infomation Centres in New Plymouth, Stratford and Hāwera or by contacting us.

Forgotten World Highway
A Walkers Guide
9th Edition
Taranaki: An Insiders Guide
Surf Highway 45
Parks and Gardens
8th Edition
Museums and Galleries Guide
6th Edition