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Manawatu-Whanganui & Taranaki

A New Zealand campervan holiday through the Manawatu-Whanganui & Taranaki region offers an unforgettable experience. Rich in natural beauty and cultural significance, this special part of New Zealand offers travellers a unique blend of urban charm and rugged wilderness. If you love exploring arts and culture, you’ll be spoilt for choice in this region. You may even like to follow the Coastal Arts Trail which spans 300 km between New Plymouth to Palmerston North. The trail is peppered with galleries, sculptures, studios and more. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the mystical Bridge to Nowhere, accessible through the verdant Whanganui National Park, offering an unforgettable journey into New Zealand's remote backcountry. 

Transitioning westward, the landscape dramatically changes as you enter Taranaki, dominated by the iconic, conical shape of Mount Taranaki. This region is a magnet for adventurers and nature lovers alike, with New Plymouth at its heart – a coastal city known for its sunny climate, thriving arts community, and surf-friendly beaches. The coastal walkway stretching from Bell Block to Port Taranaki offers spectacular sea views, perfectly complementing the city’s dynamic cultural venues and eateries.

 

Why explore Manawatu-Whanganui & Taranaki by campervan

Exploring Manawatu-Whanganui and Taranaki by campervan offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in the heartland of New Zealand's North Island. It also makes it easy to change your itinerary on the fly. Whether it's spending an extra day enjoying the surf in New Plymouth, exploring the hiking trails around Mount Taranaki, or parking beside the scenic Whanganui River for a spontaneous picnic, the choice is yours. The ability to set your own pace and schedule makes a campervan ideal for discovering the hidden gems of these regions.

Travelling by campervan not only brings the comforts of home on the road, such as your own bed, kitchen, and living space, but also eliminates the hassles of constant packing and unpacking. This is especially valuable in regions like Manawatu-Whanganui and Taranaki, where attractions are spread out. Having your necessities with you means you're always ready for the next adventure. 

 

Things to do in Manawatu-Whanganui & Taranaki

Manawatu-Whanganui and Taranaki offer activities for all ages, from nature excursions to authentic cultural experiences. Explore Palmerston North's gardens and arts scene, Whanganui's historic riverboat cruise, or brave the surf at New Plymouth's beaches. Immerse yourself in the local culture with visits to museums, galleries, and artist studios. Whether it's outdoor excitement or cultural enrichment, this fascinating region provides something for everyone.

 

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Stretching down the lower west coast of New Zealand’s North Island, Manawatu-Whanganui and Taranaki are prime destinations for road trippers seeking a mix of culture, nature, and adventure. Easily accessible from major urban centres like Wellington and Auckland, the drive itself showcases the dramatic shift from urban landscapes to the lush, green countryside of Manawatu and the striking volcanic features of Taranaki. These routes not only offer breathtaking views but are dotted with a variety of attractions, making every stop an opportunity for discovery. 

 

14-day New Zealand family campervan itinerary
Alyssa Tresider
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14-day New Zealand family campervan itinerary.

A campervan road trip around New Zealand is a bucket list experience for many. And for kids, it’s a holiday they’re sure to remember for years to come. In this ultimate 14-day New Zealand road trip, you’ll kick off your adventure in Queenstown and make your way up the country to Auckland. Along the way, you’ll tick off some of the best highlights and hidden gems New Zealand has to offer. It's undoubtedly one of the best New Zealand road trips for families, with loads to see and do for all ages. Ready to start planning your family campervan holiday? Let’s dive in!

 

Travel: 14 days

Route: Queenstown to Auckland 

Best time of the year: Anytime

Highlights: 

  • Grab an iconic Instagram shot of That Wānaka Tree

  • Marvel at the breathtaking vistas at Franz Josef Glacier

  • Immerse yourself in local arts and savour exquisite wines in Nelson and Blenheim

  • Witness the spectacular Marlborough Sounds on the Cook Strait Ferry Crossing

  • Explore New Zealand's rich stories at Te Papa Museum

  • Traverse dramatic volcanic landscapes at Tongariro National Park

  • Relive the magic of Middle-earth with a stroll through Hobbiton 

  • Experience the beauty of Hamilton Gardens

  • Take in sweeping views of Auckland at Sky Tower

 

Day 1: Queenstown to Wānaka

Travel time: 1 hr 30 mins

Distance: 111 km (via State Highway 6. Please note, campervans are not permitted to travel on Crown Range Road)

Day one of your ultimate 14-day New Zealand road trip starts at our Apollo Queenstown branch where you’ll be met by our friendly team as you pick up your pre-booked campervan hire. We’ll get you set up and ready for the road with everything you need to know about your campervan hire. 

Relax and take your time today as you enjoy a scenic 1.5-hour drive to the alpine village of Wānaka. One of the (many) beautiful towns of the South Island, Wānaka is surrounded by captivating scenery. A must-do while you’re here is to see and photograph That Wānaka Tree. Make the most of your stay here by exploring some of the nearby walks and trails and enjoying the great eateries. For a fun activity the whole family will enjoy, head to Puzzling World. This world of weirdness is packed with fun things to do. Figure out the crazy optical illusions, explore the mazes and visit the famously fascinating loos!

Settle in for the night at the Wanaka TOP 10 Holiday Park, known for its excellent facilities and prime location close to the lake.

TOP TIP: Kids a bit restless? Check out our guide on how to entertain kids in a camper

Image: Tourism New Zealand

 

Day 2: Wānaka to Franz Josef Glacier

Distance: 284 km

Travel time: 4 hours

The journey from Wānaka to Franz Josef Glacier is one of the most visually stunning segments of your New Zealand road trip. As you traverse the West Coast, the drive unveils dramatic changes in the landscape, from lush forests to rugged mountain views, encapsulating the raw beauty of New Zealand's wilderness.

Make a point to stop at the Blue Pools Track along the way. This easy walk leads you to crystal-clear waters framed by native bush, offering a refreshing break and fantastic photographic opportunities. 

Another worthy pause is Hokitika, a charming town renowned for its arts and crafts. A stroll through the town during lunch allows you to experience its creative spirit and perhaps find a unique piece of pounamu (New Zealand jade) to take home.

As you arrive in Franz Josef, immerse yourself in the grandeur of its namesake glacier. Opt for a guided tour on the ice or take to the skies with a scenic flight that offers panoramic views of this frozen wonderland. For a more relaxing end to your day, visit the Glacier Hot Pools. These natural thermal pools, set amidst dense rainforest, provide a serene environment to unwind and reflect on the day’s adventures.

Enjoy a cosy night at Franz Josef TOP 10 Holiday Park, it’s the perfect spot to rest and recharge for another day of exploration.

Image: Tourism New Zealand

 

Day 3: Franz Josef Glacier to Punakaiki

Distance: 217 km

Travel time: 2 hours, 50 mins

On day three, your New Zealand road trip takes you from Franz Josef to Punakaiki with more awe-inspiring coastal views and the chance to see dense, native rainforests that line the rugged West Coast. 

Plan a lunch break at Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast. This town offers a deep dive into the region's mining history and a chance to explore its heritage. 

When you arrive in Punakaiki, prepare to be amazed by the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. These unique geological formations resemble giant stacks of pancakes and have been shaped over millions of years by the relentless forces of wind and water. The best time to visit is at high tide when the sea surges into the caverns below the rocks, forcing jets of water skyward through the blowholes in a dramatic display.

For your overnight stay, the Punakaiki Beach Camp offers a scenic spot to relax by the ocean. 

 

Day 4: Punakaiki to Nelson

Distance: 263 km

Travel time: 3 hours, 50 mins

Day four of your NZ road trip takes you from Punakaiki to Nelson. As you travel eastward, enjoy the stunning contrasts from dense rainforests to the rugged, scenic shoreline, before heading into the sunnier regions of Nelson. 

Along the way, stop and stretch your legs in Westport, a cosy coastal town perfect for a morning tea break. Take time to browse the local shops and galleries, which offer a range of unique artisan crafts and artworks, giving you a taste of the local culture and creativity.

In Nelson, known as the sunniest city in New Zealand, immerse yourself in the local art scene by visiting some of the top galleries and studios. You might like to plan a dinner of fish and chips on Tahunanui Beach tonight. Relax and enjoy the scene as the sunset paints the sky with colours that reflect beautifully over Tasman Bay.

For your stay tonight, park up at Nelson City TOP 10 Holiday Park, conveniently located close to both the city’s bustling centre and the beautiful beach. 

 

Day 5: Explore Nelson

You’re almost halfway through your ultimate New Zealand road trip, so enjoy a pause today to explore more of the charming city of Nelson. 

Start with a trip to the Nelson Provincial Museum. It's a great place to check out regional history with exhibits that are easy for kids to enjoy too. The museum does a fantastic job of making the geological, cultural, and social stories of the area engaging for visitors of all ages.

If you’re looking for a bit more outdoor fun, Natureland Zoo is perfect, especially for younger kids. Located near Tahunanui Beach, the zoo is all about conservation and education, offering kids the chance to meet a mix of native and exotic animals up close.

Or, if you’re in the mood for some quiet time, take a walk through the Miyazu Japanese Garden. The gardens are peaceful and well-maintained, making them an ideal spot for a family picnic.

Enjoy another night at the Nelson TOP 10 Holiday Park. 

Image: Tourism New Zealand

 

Day 6: Nelson to Blenheim

Distance: 118 km

Travel time: 1 hour, 40 mins

Today your road trip takes you from Nelson to Blenheim, guiding you through some of the most picturesque parts of the Marlborough region. This drive is shorter, allowing plenty of time for stops and exploration along the way.

A must-visit stop is Havelock, known as the greenshell mussel capital of the world. Take advantage of this by having lunch at The Mussel Pot, a cosy spot that specialises in fresh, locally sourced mussels cooked in a variety of delicious ways. After lunch, spend some time wandering around Havelock. The town may be small, but it's full of charm and a great place to stretch your legs and enjoy the scenic views.

Once you arrive in Blenheim, there’s plenty to keep you busy for the afternoon. Start with a visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, an internationally renowned museum that features dramatic displays of WWI and WWII aircraft. 

For a family-friendly outing, consider visiting one of Blenheim’s renowned vineyards. Many wineries in the region offer tours that are interesting for adults and accommodating for children. 

Finish up your day at the Blenheim Bridges Holiday Park. It's a great base to relax after a day of touring and tasting and prepare for more adventures ahead.

 

Day 7: Blenheim to Wellington

Distance: 157 km 

Travel time: 5 hours, including ferry crossing

Today is the halfway point of your New Zealand travel itinerary, taking you from the South Island and kicking off your North Island road trip. 

Start your day by taking the short drive from Blenheim to the quaint town of Picton, which serves as your gateway to the Cook Strait. In Picton, take some time to explore this charming coastal town. Walk along the marina, browse the local shops, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere before you board your ferry. 

The Cook Strait ferry crossing is a highlight of any NZ road trip. The journey offers stunning views of the Marlborough Sounds and the sea passage itself. Relax and enjoy the 3.5-hour crossing by taking in the views, watching a movie in the lounge, or having a bite to eat in the café. 

Once you arrive in Wellington, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of New Zealand’s capital city. A must-visit is Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum of New Zealand. This world-class museum offers fascinating exhibits that span New Zealand's historical, cultural, and natural heritage, making it a captivating experience for visitors of all ages.

For your stay in Wellington, book a few nights at Wellington's Kiwi Holiday Park. This holiday park offers a comfortable and convenient base to explore more of what Wellington has to offer, with easy access to the city's major attractions.

 

Day 8: Explore Wellington

Celebrated for its vibrant arts scene, stunning landscapes, and rich history, the city of Wellington is the perfect place to explore by campervan. So, let’s take another day to check out some of the highlights. 

Kick off your morning with a ride on the iconic Wellington Cable Car, which not only provides a fun start to the day but also offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city and harbour. Once at the top, explore the Wellington Botanic Garden.

Afterwards, make your way to the Wellington Waterfront, an ideal spot for a morning walk along the harbour. This vibrant area is bustling with cafes, parks, and intriguing art installations, providing a picturesque setting to relax and people-watch.

For lunch, head over to Cuba Street, Wellington’s bohemian quarter. Known for its eclectic mix of vintage shops, unique cafes, and vibrant street art, Cuba Street has loads of great dining options ranging from quick eats to gourmet experiences, all set in a lively atmosphere.

In the afternoon, treat the family to a Weta Workshop visit. This cool Wellington attraction offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how movie magic is made, with an up-close view of intricate props, costumes, and creatures from blockbuster films.

Finish your day back at Wellington's Kiwi Holiday Park.

READ MORE: Family friendly things to do in Wellington.

Image: Tourism New Zealand

 

Day 9: Wellington to Tongariro National Park

Distance: 331 km

Travel time: 4 hours, 20 mins 

Day nine of your New Zealand road trip takes you from the coastal charms of Wellington to the rugged beauty of Tongariro National Park. 

As you make your way to Tongariro, be sure to plan a stop in Whanganui, a town rich with cultural heritage and beautiful riverfront views. Take a break here for lunch and spend some time exploring its historic sites and vibrant arts scene. The Whanganui River provides a stunning backdrop for a relaxing break and is perfect for a leisurely walk along the riverbank to stretch your legs.

Once you arrive at Tongariro National Park, prepare for some of the most breathtaking scenery New Zealand has to offer. The park, a dual World Heritage site, is famed for its stunning natural beauty and diverse hiking trails. Take advantage of the numerous scenic walks available, ranging from short, easy strolls to more challenging hikes that offer spectacular views of the volcanic landscape.

For your overnight stay, Tongariro Holiday Park offers a comfortable and convenient base close to the park’s main attractions. 

 

Day 10: Tongariro National Park to Rotorua

Distance: 170 km

Travel time: 2 hours, 10 mins 

Today you’ll be leaving the majestic Tongariro National Park as you head further north to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. 

A lovely midway stop is the town of Taupō, nestled on the shores of the vast Lake Taupō, New Zealand's largest lake. Break for lunch here and take in the stunning views of the lake and the mountains beyond. The lakefront is perfect for a relaxing break, with plenty of cafes and restaurants offering scenic dining experiences.

Once in Rotorua, there are plenty of family friendly activities to enjoy. A good option for the afternoon is a visit to Agrodome, where you can experience a fun and educational farm show, showcasing sheep shearing and dog trials. Families can also get stuck in with hands-on activities like feeding lambs or even a farm tour. 

Another great option is the Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which offers a chance to learn about New Zealand's native wildlife, including the opportunity to see New Zealand’s elusive kiwi. 

For your stay in Rotorua, settle in at the Rotorua Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park

 

Day 11: Explore Rotorua

Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s top destinations for families on a campervan road trip. And today you’ll have a full day to make the most of this geothermal gem. 

Kick things off at Skyline Rotorua. To get there, you’ll hop on a gondola and head up Mount Ngongotaha – the views as you climb skyward are stunning! Once you're up there, you can zip down the luge tracks, swing high on the Skyswing, or if you’re feeling sporty, hit the mountain biking trails. It’s a fantastic way to start your day with a bit of adrenaline.

Next up is Te Puia, where you can check out the famous Pohutu Geyser and immerse yourself in Māori culture. They’ve got everything from live carving and weaving demonstrations to storytelling and a powerful cultural performance. It’s a great place to connect with New Zealand’s heritage.

When you’re ready to unwind, head over to the Polynesian Spa. Treat yourself to a soak in their hot mineral pools with a view of the lake – it’s pure bliss and the perfect way to recharge.

In the afternoon, why not take a walk through the treetops at the Redwoods Treewalk? This walkway lifts you high above the forest floor among ancient trees. It’s both peaceful and pretty impressive.

Enjoy another night tonight at Rotorua Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park.

READ MORE: Family friendly things to do in Rotorua

Image: Tourism New Zealand

 

Day 12: Rotorua to Matamata

Distance: 94 km

Travel time: 1 hour, 25 mins 

Day 12 of your New Zealand road trip moves you from the bubbling hot pools and adventure of Rotorua to the charming rural town of Matamata – also known as Middle Earth!  

The star attraction in Matamata is undoubtedly the Hobbiton Movie Set, the iconic filming location for The Shire in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. Here, you can wander among the iconic Hobbit holes, have a pint at the Green Dragon Inn, and even stand beneath the famed Party Tree. The guided tours are packed with fascinating titbits, offering insights not just into the making of the films but also into how this vibrant set has been woven into the fabric of the landscape.

Don’t rush off too quickly after your tour – Matamata itself deserves a little exploration. The town exudes a warm, rural charm and features an i-SITE visitor centre that mimics the Hobbiton style, making even a stop for information a part of your adventure.

As the day winds down, enjoy the peaceful setting at Opal Hot Springs and Holiday Park

 

Day 13: Matamata to Auckland

Distance: 185 km

Travel time: 2 hours, 30 mins

It’s the second-to-last day of your New Zealand road trip, but don’t worry, there’s still loads to see and do. Today, you’ll leave the quaint charm of Matamata behind as you make your way to Auckland, New Zealand's largest and most vibrant city. 

A must-do stop along the way is the Hamilton Gardens. This popular attraction is a real treat with its globally inspired gardens that transport you from an Italian Renaissance Garden to a traditional Japanese Zen Garden, all in one afternoon. It’s a great spot to stretch your legs and soak in some beauty and tranquillity.

When you get to Auckland, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Start with a trip up the iconic Sky Tower. It's the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, and the views from the top are incredible – definitely a must-do for a sweeping look at the city and beyond. Then, head down to the Viaduct Harbour to relax by the water and maybe grab a bite at one of the waterfront cafes or restaurants.

Wrap up your day at Takapuna Beach Holiday Park, right next to the beach. It’s an ideal place to unwind by the sea after a day of city exploring. Plus, Takapuna’s lively cafes and shops are just a stone's throw away if you’re up for a little more adventure before calling it a night.

 

Day 14: Explore Auckland

It’s the last day of your New Zealand road trip but there’s still time to squeeze in a few extra highlights.  

Why not start with a visit to the Auckland Zoo? It’s a hit with families, featuring a fantastic array of animals from around the world. The zoo is big on conservation and makes learning about wildlife fun for everyone with its hands-on exhibits and engaging tours.

After some wild encounters, visit the Auckland Museum. This museum is a goldmine of natural history, Māori and Pacific Island heritage, and New Zealand’s wartime history. Its interactive galleries are perfect for kids, making learning fun and accessible.

Top off your NZ road trip with an afternoon at Butterfly Creek to see the dinosaurs and beautiful butterflies from around the world. It’s nice and handy to Apollo’s Auckland branch too. 

The last item on your travel itinerary is to drop off your campervan at Apollo's Auckland branch. Don’t forget to share any hidden gems you found along the way and let us know if we can help plan your next awesome campervan adventure!

 

Is a New Zealand road trip calling you?

From the alpine beauty of Franz Josef to the magic of Middle Earth, a New Zealand road trip has it all. Ready to get started? There's no reason to wait, book your Apollo campervan online today and set the stage for an unforgettable family campervan holiday.

 

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Apollo Campervan branches

Christchurch

The drive from Apollo Christchurch to the Manawatu-Whanganui and Taranaki region sets you up for a scenic journey across the South Island, including the picturesque ferry crossing at the Cook Strait, and onto the North Island. 

Queenstown

Keen to make the most of your road trip and explore the South Island before heading north? Book your camper with our Queenstown branch and spend a few days taking in some of the great southern highlights before crossing the Cook Strait by ferry.

Auckland

Set off from Apollo Auckland and kick off your exploration of this region in New Plymouth – just a few hours drive away. Make your way down the west coast taking in the charming townships, rolling rural landscapes, and rugged coastline as you venture south.  

Auckland City Skyline

Auckland

New Zealand’s multi-cultural hub of food, music, arts and culture.

 

Christchurch City, New Zealand

Christchurch

 One of the world’s most unique destinations.

 

Queenstown

Breathtaking scenery and adrenaline-pumping adventure activities.

 

Helpful tips for visiting Manawatu-Whanganui & Taranaki

 

Climate and seasons in Manawatu-Whanganui & Taranaki

Stretching hundreds of kilometres, this expansive region offers distinct seasonal experiences, making it an attractive destination year-round for visitors looking to enjoy a variety of landscapes and activities.

Manawatu-Whanganui enjoys a mild, temperate climate with moderate rainfall, making it pleasant for travel most of the year.

  • Summers (December to February) are warm with temperatures averaging around 22°C, ideal for exploring the great outdoors and the region's rivers and parks.
  • Autumn (March to May) brings cooler temperatures and a beautiful change in foliage, particularly in the bush-clad hills, providing perfect conditions for hiking and photography.
  • Winter (June to August) can be cooler, with temperatures dropping to around 10°C, but it is generally mild compared to other regions, with occasional frost in sheltered areas.
  • Spring (September to November) sees the landscape rejuvenate with bursts of flowers and greenery, making it a lovely time for visiting the many gardens and reserves.

Taranaki is known for its more dynamic weather patterns, due to the presence of Mount Taranaki, which can attract clouds and cause quick changes in weather.

  • Summers here are pleasant with temperatures similar to Manawatu-Whanganui but expect more frequent rain showers that keep the surroundings lush.
  • Autumn sees stable weather, ideal for outdoor activities as the forests display a vivid array of autumn colours.
  • Winter in Taranaki can be wet, with more pronounced rainfall, and the mountain often receives snowfall, offering spectacular views and winter sports.
  • Spring brings a rapid growth of new foliage and is particularly spectacular as rhododendrons and other blooms erupt around the mountain's base.

 

 

 

What to pack?

Preparing for your campervan journey through Manawatu-Whanganui and Taranaki requires thoughtful packing to make the most of the diverse climates and activities available in these regions. Here’s what you should consider bringing along:

  • Outdoor gear: given the varied terrain from river valleys to volcanic mountains, pack versatile outdoor gear. Lightweight, breathable clothing will serve you well during warmer months, while waterproof and windproof layers are essential for the unpredictable weather near Mount Taranaki. Sturdy hiking boots are a must for exploring the rugged landscapes and numerous walking trails. With the stunning natural beauty and wildlife in both regions, a good camera can help you capture memorable landscapes and native birds. Binoculars will also enhance your experience, especially when visiting coastal areas and bird sanctuaries.
  • Campervan add-ons: Enhancing your campervan experience can significantly improve your comfort during the trip. Consider including a portable heater for the cooler evenings, especially during winter months in Taranaki. A reliable GPS and physical maps can help navigate the more remote areas. Additional camping chairs and a table can also be handy for scenic stops along the coast or in forest parks.
  • Sun protection and rain gear: The regions' varying weather conditions call for both sun protection and rain gear. Pack a high-SPF sunscreen, UV-protection sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat to shield against the strong New Zealand sun. Also, include a durable rain jacket and waterproof trousers to stay dry during sudden rain showers, particularly prevalent in Taranaki. For more helpful ideas, check out our guide to what to pack for your campervan road trip.

For more helpful ideas, check out our guide to what to pack for your campervan road trip.

 

 

Nearby attractions and day trips from Manawatu-Whanganui & Taranaki

Manawatu-Whanganui

Whanganui River cruise or kayak

Experience the tranquil beauty of the Whanganui River by taking a leisurely cruise or paddling a kayak. This historic river offers stunning views of lush landscapes and provides a quiet escape into nature, perfect for a relaxing day on the water.

Whanganui National Park

Home to native forests and scenic waterways, Whanganui National Park is popular with hikers and walkers. The park is also home to the Bridge to Nowhere Walk, a 3 km return (around 1.5 hours) easy walk popular with visitors to the area.

Forgotten World Highway

The Forgotten World Highway, running through remote, mystic landscapes, offers a journey back in time. This historic route passes through rugged terrain, dense forests, and small forgotten towns, making it a unique adventure for road-trippers.

Bushy Park

Bushy Park Ecological Sanctuary, near Whanganui, is known for its rich biodiversity and protected native forest. The 100-hectare reserve is home to some of the tallest and oldest trees in the region, including a 500-year-old rata. The park's predator-free status allows visitors to encounter rare and endangered birds such as the hihi and saddleback in their natural habitat.

Nearby attractions and day trips from Taranaki

Mount Taranaki

Dominating the landscape, Mount Taranaki offers challenging hikes and spectacular views from its summit. The symmetrical volcano is a striking feature of Egmont National Park, drawing climbers and photographers alike.

New Plymouth Coastal Walk

The New Plymouth Coastal Walkway is a spectacular 13-kilometre path that stretches from Ngamotu Beach to Bell Block, offering panoramic views of the Tasman Sea. This award-winning walkway is ideal for walking, jogging, or cycling featuring iconic landmarks like the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, which resembles a breaking wave or whale skeleton.

Pukekura Park

New Plymouth’s Pukekura Park is a beautifully landscaped garden featuring lakes, waterfalls, and exotic plants. It hosts the famous Festival of Lights, transforming into an enchanted evening wonderland.

Dawson Falls in Egmont National Park

Dawson Falls is a spectacular 18-metre waterfall located within Egmont National Park. The area around the falls offers picturesque walking tracks that wind through lush native bush, ideal for a short, scenic hike.

 

Where to stay in Manawatu-Whanganui & Taranaki with a campervan

When it comes to finding the perfect spot to park and rest in Manawatu-Whanganui & Taranaki, there's no shortage of picturesque, comfy campgrounds. Here are a few worth checking out:

Manawatu-Whanganui

Taranaki

 

 

 

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