The New Plymouth District is the 10th largest district (out of 67) in New Zealand, but has just 1.7 % of New Zealand's population and the city itself has 56,000 inhabitants.
The city is a service centre for the region's principal economic activities including intensive pastoral activities (mainly dairy farming) as well as oil, natural gas and petrochemical exploration and production. It is also the region's financial centre as the home of the TSB Bank (formerly the Taranaki Savings Bank), the largest of the remaining non-government New Zealand-owned banks.
Notable features in the city are are the botanic gardens, Pukekura Park, the critically acclaimed Len Lye Centre and Art Gallery, the 11 km (6.8 mile) Coastal Walkway alongside the Tasman Sea, the Len Lye-designed 45-metre-tall (148 ft) artwork known as the Wind Wand, Paritutu Rock, and views of Mount Taranaki/Egmont, the cone shaped extict volcanoe visible to the east.
New Plymouth has won multiple awards, in 2010 it was chosen as one of two walking and cycling "Model Communities" by the government. Based on New Plymouth's already positive attitude towards cyclists and pedestrians.
It is also noted for being a coastal city with a mountain [Mount Tranaki/Egmont] within 30 minutes drive, where residents and visitors to New Plymouth can snowboard, ski, water ski and surf all in the same day.
As we do not offer any shore excursion programs in New Plymouth, we can suggest you visit the New Plymouth Tourism offices web site for assistance, see here: New Plymouth