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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

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