Egmont National Park Visitor Centre

North Egmont Visitor Centre is a Department of Conservation run visitor information centre for Mt Taranaki and Egmont National Park region.

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The visitor’s centre has comprehensive displays about Egmont National Park’s volcanic, natural and human history.

There is a cafe and souvenir shop onsite. There are also several short walks from the Egmont National Park Visitor Centre.

The shortest is a 180 metre, 4 minute, one-way walk through bush to a viewing platform and historic camphouse. The viewing platform provides views of Taranaki, the coastline and on a clear today inland to the central North Island mountains of Ruapehu, Ngaruahoe and Tongariro.

The Ambury Monument Walk is a 380 metre, 10 minute walk past the historic Camphouse building to the Ambury Monument. The Ambury Monument, is a memorial to climber Arthur Ambury, who tragically lost his life on June 3rd 1918, in an attempt to save William Edwin Gourlay, who had slipped on ice. Both men died when they fell over the bluff.

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Ambury Monument

From the Ambury Monument Walk you can return the way who came or continue onto the Nature Walk. The Nature Walk is a 780 metre 15 minute loop walk through native bush.

There is also several slightly longer walks the Connett Loop Track (40 minute loop), Mangoraka Loop Track (30 minute loop), and the Ngatoto Loop Track (45 minute – 1 hour loop). Visit the Department of Conservation page to learn more.

The historic camphouse mentioned above is the oldest building in the Egmont National Park. It was originally a military barracks used in New Plymouth during the Taranaki Land Wars of the 1860s. It was moved to North Egmont in 1891 to use for accommodation.

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Mt Taranaki

Mount Taranaki or Mount Egmont is a dormant stratovolcano in the Taranaki region.

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Mt. Taranaki is around 120,000 years old and last erupted in 1775 AD. It is considered a dormant volcano rather than extinct.

At its highest point the mountain is 2,518 metres (8,261 feet). It has a secondary cone, Fanthams Peak, on the southern side, which is 1,966 metres (6,450 feet).

Captain Cook named the mountain Mount Egmont in 1770, after John Perceval, the 2nd Earl of Egmont. It was known as Mount Egmont until 1986 when it was ruled that Taranaki would be its second official name. It is most commonly known as Taranaki today. The surrounding national park is known as Egmont National Park.

Climbing to the summit should only be attempted by experienced trampers with appropriate gear.

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Paritutu Rock

Paritutu Rock is a volcanic remnant on the eastern end of New Plymouth’s harbour.

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Paritutu Rock, which sits between Ngamotu Beach and Back Beach, stands at 156 metres. It used to be taller, but the summit was flattened by Māori to make a level site for shelter and food storage pits.

There is a track on the northern side of the rock. It take approximately 15 minutes to reach the top.

The first section of the walk is series of steps. The rest of the walk there is a chain to help you climb.

The summit provides views of the city, the port, Sugar Loaf Island and the Tasman Sea.

Access to the carpark below Paritutu Rock is off Centennial Drive, New Plymouth.

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Te Rewa Rewa Bridge

Te Rewa Rewa Bridge is a pedestrian and cycleway bridge that crosses the Waiwhakaiho River in New Plymouth.

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The bridge is a highlight on the 12.7 km New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, that runs from Pioneer Park at Port Taranaki to Bell Block Beach.

The 2.85 million dollar construction project began in 2008 and the bridge opened in June of 2010. The steel arch, concrete deck bridge is 70 metres in length and 2.5 metres wide. At it’s highest point it reaches 10 metres.

The Waiwhakaiho River, that it crosses, is a 30 km (19 mile) long river that flows off the the slopes of Mount Taranaki / Egmont to the Tasman Sea, near the suburb of Fitzroy.

The Te Rewa Rewa Bridge can be accessed off Clemow Road, Fitzroy, New Plymouth.

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Fitzroy Beach New Plymouth

Fitzroy Beach is a popular swimming and surf beach in New Plymouth.

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The beach is popular with both locals and visitors. It is part of the 12.7 km New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, that runs from Pioneer Park at Port Taranaki to Bell Block Beach.

The Fitzroy Surf Lifesaving Club patrol the beach during weekends in the summer months and during the week during the summer school holiday period.

Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park, which offers deluxe cabins, powered sites, and unpowered tent sites is located right by the beach.

Fitzroy Beach is located 3 km north of New Plymouth. Access is at the end of Beach Road, Fitzroy, New Plymouth.

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Deluxe Diner New Plymouth

Deluxe Diner is a locally owned and run 1950s retro American style diner in New Plymouth.

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Deluxe Diner’s interior is designed in the style a 1950s American diner, featuring a giant jukebox, neon signs, walls covered with 1950s retro memorabilia, black and white floor tiles, a mint green counter, and those classic red diner booths.

They serve all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner, are fully-licensed, and have vegetarian and gluten free options. The food portions are generous too!

It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm. Diner opens an hour earlier at 9 am on Saturday and Sundays.

Deluxe Dinner is located at 36 Leach Street, New Plymouth.

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