What to do in your spare time

Sports and Recreation

Sport Taranaki has great links to all types of local sport, events and community activities. The community directory has contact details for everything, from self-dance classes to gym options. Visit Sport Taranaki's website.

The YMCA has great cost-effective sport and recreation options, see their website for more information.


Performing Arts

The Singer Songwriters New Plymouth group are a really talented and welcoming bunch of musicians. Anyone is welcome to come along to their monthly sessions. To find out more, head over to their Facebook page.

Pouakai Tarns

The Great Outdoors

A visit to Mountain Taranaki is something you must do while you are here! There are hiking and sight seeing options for all abilities. For more information, click here

All parks and beaches are free to enter and enjoy in Taranaki. We suggest that you download some of the guides for parks here.

If you own a bike or want to hire one, there are plenty of options for exploring Taranaki by bicycle. Bell Block has both a Velodrome and a BMX park. Let's Go have a useful website with information about walking and cycling routes in the New Plymouth area.