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Taranaki travel guide

Taranaki, is located on the west coast of New Zealand and is a popular spot for adventurous travelers who are keen to engage in activities such as hiking, mountain biking and surfing. If you’re keen to learn more about what a Taranaki New Zealand bus tour has to offer, consider reading some APT Tours reviews, along with the following tips, to discover three reasons why you should visit this magical destination in NZ.

Three reasons to visit Taranaki:

Taranaki is a hikers paradise

It would be an absolute shame to visit Taranaki, without going on at least one hike as the Taranaki region boasts hundreds of marked trails as well as variety of camp sites and hiking huts. The latter of which you can book in advance, if you’re tempted to complete a multi-day hike. Examples of popular trails you may be interested in include the Dawson Falls’ trail, a short trail which is located in the Egmont National Park and will lead you to a stunning 18 meter high waterfall as well as the Lake Rotokare Walkway which takes between one and a half hours and two hours to complete. As an added bonus the walkway is dotted with benches from which you bird watch for native species, which thrive around the lake.

Taranaki boasts a large selection of bars, cafes and restaurants

If you’re a foodie, you won’t be disappointed by the selection of bars, cafes and restaurants, which are on offer. After a long day hiking, if you’re looking for a cold beer head to Crowded House, a local sports bar with a friendly atmosphere, which is named after a popular New Zealand band. Alternatively, if you’re looking to sample some international flavors you may be interested in visiting Holy Guacamole, a beachside caravan which specializes in authentic Mexican fare or India Today Bistro and Tandoor. The latter of which has won a multitude of awards. If you’re looking for dinner with an ocean view it’s also worth checking out Café Gusto, Manou’s Café and Restaurant and Bach on Breakwater.

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Taranaki boasts a wide array of accommodation options

If you’re looking for a secluded, luxury getaway for a romantic getaway for two you may be interested in booking a few nights accommodation at the Ahu Ahu Beach Villas, which boast stunning sea views. Alternatively, if you’re looking to experience a bit of authentic kiwi hospitality you may be interested in staying at a family run bed and breakfast, examples of which include 93 By the Sea, Chequer’s Cottage B and B and the Puritawa Estate Bed & Breakfast. If you’d prefer to stay at a modern hotel, you’ll also be spoilt for choice. Popular hotels located within Taranaki include The Devon Hotel and the State Hotel. Both of which boast their own, on-site restaurants.

So if you’re keen to explore some of New Zealand’s world famous hiking trails and are looking to experience the charm of rural New Zealand, you simply can’t go wrong choosing to include the Taranaki region in your future travel plans