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About Taranaki

TSB TOPEC is uniquely situated to offer adventure and fun so close to New Plymouth.

Taranaki is situated on the mid west coast of New Zealand. The heart of our province is our mighty Mount Taranaki, the heart of Taranaki, the heart of the people. Our province has an abundance of rivers, sea, surf beaches and bush walks, all the attractions for which New Zealand is famous.

Surf Highway 45. Taranaki boasts the best all year round surfing coastline in New Zealand. Wet, wild and wicked! Surfers come here from all over the world to take in a Taranaki experience. Accommodation is available near all surfing beaches.

Taranaki features the Sugar Loaf Marine Park. These islands are just offshore from New Plymouth city and provide a unique habitat for marine life, seabirds and plants. They are rich in both Maori and European history, evidence of which can still be seen today.

Taranaki is famous for its parks and gardens, especially Pukekura Park, the park for all people. All parks are open year round and many stunning home gardens are open during the famous annual Taranaki Rhododendron Festival.

Nearby, Port Taranaki is one of the country's largest ports on a cargo tonnage basis with more than five million tonnes of trade per year. Our port is the only deepwater port on New Zealand's west coast.

Taranaki boasts a large exciting shopping centre, along with specialty shops, interesting arcades, a broad range of supermarkets and many boutiques. Because Taranaki has a deep interest in the arts, it's people abound with creativity. Many of these artists welcome you to watch them work in their beautiful surroundings of Taranaki.

Check out the roadside stalls offering fresh home grown fruits and vegetables and wander through the stunning nurseries afforded by a temperate climate and rich volcanic soils.

New Plymouth is the holiday destination with something for everyone. Sun, sea, sand and snow, a spectacular cone mountain, magnificent parks and gardens, walking tracks, great shopping and vibrant nightlife. We have a superb lifestyle and every possible service right on our doorstep.

The population of New Plymouth is approximately 70,000. The indigenous Maori were first attracted to Taranaki because of its mild climate and the abundance of seafood along the coastline. They inhabited the region from around 800 AD and were joined by Europeans about 150 years ago when New Plymouth became one of the first settlements in New Zealand.

New Plymouth is the major commercial centre for Taranaki, situated on the west coast with Mount Taranaki dominating the landscape to the east. New Plymouth is a great place to visit, hold a meeting, convention or to live in. Many of New Zealand's leading companies were formed here and continue to export around the world. We are internationally renowned here for the strength of our oil and gas sector, our manufacturing expertise and of course our dairy industry.

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