New Plymouth, based off the west coast of North Island, is home to a vibrant city life and is surrounded by breathtaking nature. Stay in the city and you’ll experience cool sites like Puke Ariki, a modern science and history museum, and Pukekura Park with its elegant gardens and teahouse. You can also visit Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, an architectural beauty that also hosts views of Mt. Taranaki. Outside the city, you’ll find Egmont National Park, home to luscious forests filled with waterfalls and creeks; it’s also where you’ll find Mt. Taranaki itself as it stands stoically in the distance. Whether you’re venue-hopping through the streets of New Plymouth or discovering its vibrant outdoors, you won’t go wrong with staying in this part of North Island.