There are plenty of reasons to come to Taranaki these school holidays and we’ve put together a guide to help make your stay just a little more enjoyable.
PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK: mike’s Organic Brewery is a little bit out of town but it’s a must visit while in Taranaki. Their award winning beer garden is where people go to relax and feel at home, great food and great beer!
Some say that Cafe Piccolo Morso is the best bakery in town. The sponge drops filled with fresh cream are to die for so make sure you stop here for heavenly éclairs, great pies, pastries and supreme coffee. Dine in or takeaway and bury the evidence. Check out their beachfront kiosk soon to open at Fitzroy.
PLACES TO SHOP: There are more surf shops in Taranaki per head of population than anywhere else in NZ, so check out all that they have to offer. Close to the contest site you’ll find Beach Street, run by enthusiastic local character, Arch. Modelled on yester-year’s surf shops, you’ll find real surfers offering real advice.
GETTING AROUND: New Plymouth is great for getting around on foot via the extensive coastal walkway, but if you need a car to get yourself further afield then make sure you check out the guys at Hareb Deken Motors.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE: During the month of April, there will be something to entertain you almost every day of the week. Here’s a tentative schedule of how the week is shaping up for the TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival featuring the Dow Agrosciences Pro and the ITL NZ Women’s Open. The base for the even this year will be at Fitzroy Beach. Keep an eye on the website for more updated information. www.nzsurffestival.com