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The four best free things to do in New Plymouth


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New Plymouth is one of those great cities where the best things to do are free! The unique natural
surrounds play a big part in this; personally, we think that all the best free things to do in New
Plymouth are in the outdoors. So if it’s a cold day, just make sure you rug up for your Taranaki
activities. And if you need any more tips or ideas, just come and see us at the Bella Vista New
Plymouth Motel reception – we’re always happy to help!

Coastal walkway
The New Plymouth Coastal Walkway is so good that it has won countless awards for its
functionality and innovation. The 10 kilometre-long walk and cycle path passes through farmland
and along the coastline, offering incredible views of rugged rocks, powerful waves and the striking
Mt Taranaki looming in the distance. The walkway is home to the famous Len Lye Wind Wand—a
48 metre sculpture that bends with the wind and is lit up in the evenings. In fact, seeing the Wind
Wand is one of the best free things to do in New Plymouth in its own right. If you’re short on time,
skip straight to the middle section of the walkway to check out the New Plymouth icon*.

                                   

Surfing
If you’re an avid surfer, you’ll know all about New Plymouth’s reputation for great breaks. Surfers
flock to New Plymouth from all over the country to experience the waves—and it’s not just Fitzroy
Beach in the city where you’ll find swarms of surfers. There’s Back Beach, Kumera Patch, the
Rockies and Stent Road too. Or travel a bit further to Oakura or Ahu Ahu for some more great
spots. You can hire a board if you didn’t come prepared or take a surf lessons if you’re just starting
out. Anyone who has been lucky enough to experience the surf here on a good day will tell you it’s
definitely one of the best New Plymouth things to do!

Pukekura Park
Pukekura Park is one of the best free things to do in New Plymouth for families. In prime position
in the middle of New Plymouth, Pukekura Park is a lush 52-hectare space featuring lakes,
gardens, playgrounds and more. It’s a great place for children to burn some energy—they’ll love
running over the arched bridges, spotting different wildlife and barreling down the flying fox. There
are also other New Plymouth activities hosted here intermittently throughout the year – concerts,
sporting events, festivals and art installations. We suggest checking the events calendar regularly
to see if there are any Pukekura Park activities in New Plymouth that coincide with your visit.

               


Egmont National Park
We know it’s not technically in New Plymouth, but it’s so close that it definitely deserves a mention
in our list of free activities in New Plymouth. Egmont National Park is where you’ll find the
spectacular Mt Taranaki. Experienced hikers can make their way to the top and there are
kilometres upon kilometres of other walks for less ambitious explorers to wander.There are 13
entrances to the national park, eight huts to sleep in and hundreds of photo opportunities—from
roaring waterfalls to quiet swamps and dense rainforest.

*The Len Lye Wind Wand is being removed for maintenance in 2021 and is expected to be back in place by
June 2021.