Taranaki, New Zealand


Mount Taranaki is featured on the Tom Cruise film, ‘The Last Samurai’ which was filmed in the area due to the mountain’s likeness to Mount Fuji. Climbing the mountain is a popular activity and there are plenty of walking tracks for all fitness levels around Egmont national park.

Surf Highway 45 is popular amongst travellers and will take you to all the popular surf breaks from New Plymouth to Hawera. Keep a look out for seals and other marine life.

Taranaki is one of New Zealand’s hubs for the dairy farming industry which means rolling green pastures as far as they eye can see. There is plenty of museums, art galleries and gardens for those seeking a bit of culture.