The Taranaki Region is bounded by a beautiful coast and there are mountains, bush, and farm land. There is only one major city, New Plymouth, and many small towns. The region is home of the Forgotten Highway and is Lord of the Rings country. Most of the region is hilly with dramatic scenery like grand rivers, majestic lakes and more.
There are have many events and festivals, all throughout the year, including art, music, garden, food and other cultural activities. Check out the Visit Plymouth website for more information (see below under external links).
The Taraniki Region has warm summers, so use sun screen, hats and general sun safe guidelines apply. In winter it can be cold, wet and windy at times. But also usually most days are fine and you will be able to do lots of things.
Some of the other options to rent cars include the following companies:
Before you rent, ask the rental company if they have any relocation deals. Even in high season there can be a bottle neck of cars and campers at certain locations that the hire company is willing to offer discounted sometimes free rental to move the vehicle, possibly right to where you want to go. The only down side is the vehicle often has a time restriction, but even this is negotiable, depending on how much the rental company needs the vehicle moved.
There is a long-distance coastal walkway, that enables you to get around pleasantly.
There is a great night life in central New Plymouth, which covers all aspects of the spectrum, from fine dining to karaoke, live bands, rollicking DJ's, pool, yummy cheap food, theater, dance and art.
Try couchsurfing - stay at the homes of local people for free. It is a fantastic, cheap, friendly way to really experience a place. There are also WOOFING opportunities, where you do a small amount of work for your accommodation and food. There are also many lovely accommodation providers, from quaint bed and breakfasts, hostels, motels and camp grounds. Parts of Taranaki are available also for free camping, see the Rankers Website.
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Live here, husband is a keen kayak surfer, so we have plenty of info on surf beaches etc etc. We are also couch-surfing hosts and host many overseas travelers all the time. So have plenty of understanding of usual things that come up for people when travelling here.
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