Plan a Luxury Trip to New Plymouth
Celebrating some of the finest art and culture in New Zealand while nature like something from a fairy tale is right on its doorstep, New Plymouth is an off-the-beaten-track destination that surprises many. The western North Island city is nestled between sweeping black sand beaches and the iconic cone-shaped Mt Taranaki where hiking, fishing and helicopter excursions make for some pretty special ways to experience it all. Meanwhile, the city itself is a sight to behold among its award-winning gardens, art galleries and museum.
Treat yourself and your group to a premium getaway to remember with the help of this luxury guide to New Plymouth.
Premium Activities in New Plymouth
- Take a comprehensive tour of New Plymouth from Auckland with Kiwi Day Trips
- Take a guided hike of the magnificent Egmont National Park
- Fly over Mt Taranaki or to a remote waterfall with Precision Helicopters
- Do a curator’s tour of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre
- Tee off at one of the many golf courses around New Plymouth
- Indulge in high tea at Tupare’s historic homestead and gardens
- Treat yourself at one of New Plymouth’s fine dining restaurants.
For elaboration on each experience, browse the 7 Luxury Activities in New Plymouth.
Luxury Adventure Activities
Whether it’s from the skies in a helicopter or on the ground with your hiking boots laced, Taranaki is a sublime region to explore. Get out there and see the Egmont National Park and New Plymouth in style on one of the luxury experiences available.
A fabulous way to see it all is on a small-group two-day trip with Kiwi Day Trips. Their Taranaki trip offers convenient transport from Auckland, taking you to New Plymouth to see the sights like Paritutu Rock, the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, the northern Egmont National Park and its “goblin forest” and much more! Accommodation is included with room upgrades available.
For a unique perspective of the region, join Precision Helicopters for their Taranaki heli tours. Some of their adventures include a flight over the mightly Mt Taranaki and a landing by a remote waterfall in the northern Taranaki region. Their tours get you to see more than the average scenic flight in New Zealand, with flights lasting approximately an hour with time to do a bushwalk or have a picnic if doing the waterfall landing tour.
Finally for this section of our luxury guide to Taranaki, explore the wild and wonderful alpine environment of Mt Taranaki with Top Guides. Summit the peak of the volcanic cone in both summer and winter, take on the day walk of the Pouakai Crossing to get that money shot of the Pouakai Tarns with Mt Taranaki in the background, or join the team for one of their other half-day, full-day or multi-day hiking adventures.
For more premium tours, check out the 7 Luxury Activities in New Plymouth.
Luxury All-weather Activities
New Plymouth’s all-weather activities mostly revolve around art, making it the ideal getaway to inspire yourself. New Plymouth and the surrounding region is adorned with fabulous art galleries, which you can explore a little further in the 10 Best Galleries & Museums in New Plymouth and 10 Best Galleries & Museums in Taranaki.
One of the premium experiences, however, is a guided tour of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre. Inside the striking stainless steel facade, take the Museum Curator Tour for an in-depth look at the current exhibitions with one of the curatorial team. The one-hour experience concludes with morning or afternoon tea at the on-site Monica’s Eatery. Note that the minimum number for the tour is four people. Alternatively, shorter museum tours are available for a minimum of two people.
For more ideas, check out the 10 Things to Do in New Plymouth on a Rainy Day.
Fine Dining in New Plymouth
Wrap up a special day in New Plymouth with a gourmet experience at one of the city’s fine dining restaurants.
Table at the Nice Hotel (71 Brougham Street) is an award-winning restaurant serving gorgeously presented plates of international cuisine with a Kiwi twist. Enjoy the elegant spaces with various dining rooms, private dining, a New York-style bar and a tropical garden oasis with an outdoor fire roaring in winter.
Watch the waves roll in as you dine in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows of Salt Restaurant in the Millennium Hotel New Plymouth (1 Egmont Street). The restaurant offers a casual yet sophisticated dining venue with European and New Zealand cuisine on the seasonal menu.
Finally, head out to Taranaki’s premium vineyard and winery, Okurukuru (738 Surf Highway 45) at their European inspired bistro. Everything is made in house including the wine, of course, all garnished with breathtaking ocean views framed by the large windows and deck.
For more recommendations, check out The Foodie Guide to New Plymouth.