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Things To Do In Taranaki

Are you looking for things to do in Taranaki? ASURE Antonio Mews is centrally located in Stratford, Taranaki, only 35km from New Plymouth and 30km from Hawera. Located at the junction of SH3 and SH43, and sitting on the banks of the Patea River, Stratford is in the heart of the Taranaki dairy farming region and is the gateway to two National Parks - Egmont National Park and Whanganui National Park.

Established as as New Zealand's second National Park in 1900, Egmont National Park covers 33,534 hectares. The volcanic Mt Taranaki offers spectacular scenery to those wishing to make the climb, with a range of beautiful walks through fertile forest to waterfalls and wetlands with amazing views along the way.

You can see below for things to see and do in Taranaki, including several attractions near our Stratford accommodation. If there's something you think should be added, please contact us to let us know.

Also, If you are looking for quality accommodation in Taranaki, take a look at our red hot specials at the bottom of this page, or click here for all our Stratford accommodation options.

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Taranaki - Simply the (second) best.

26 Oct 2016 (Wed) - 31 Oct 2017 (Tue)

Lonely Planet names Taranaki one of the best regions in the world.

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2017 guide has named Taranaki the second best region in the world to visit!

Lonely Planet has said that The Len Lye Centre is one of two unmissable experiences, calling it the Taranaki's answer to New York's Guggenheim.

The other unmissable experience is the Pouakai Crossing, which they believe is a fresh alternative to the "overburdened" Tongariro Crossing.

Lonely Planet has also named Taranaki's Pukekura Park, Woman Festival, and Surf Coast Highway 45 as places to visit while in Taranaki.

You can read more about why Lonely Planet name Taranki one of the best regions in the world to visit below, or you can visit the websites of the attractions and experiences listed above.

Dawson Falls

The pleasant drive to 900 metres above sea level on Mount Taranaki’s south eastern slopes lead you to Dawson Falls Roadend. This is the starting point for many walks on this side of the mountain.

There is also a Historic hydro-electric power station to view. The Dawson Falls stunning waterfall is located within 10 minutes of Dawson Falls Visitor Centre in Egmont National Park.

Forgotten World Highway 43

Imagine a world preserved by time… suspended infinitely in a lifestyle reminiscent of New Zealand’s pioneering days. A world where history and heritage are paramount, where Mother Nature takes the upper hand to protect her unique environment, and where passersby still enjoy a cheery wave from locals – the way this pioneering country used to be a century ago. Close your eyes and you can almost hear the calls from farmers ploughing the dramatic hill country with mighty bullock-drawn blades; the laughter of country kids making their meandering way to tiny one-teacher schools via horseback; the long-anticipated social gathering in some isolated community hall ‘out the back of beyond’; and the careful tread of Maori warriors along ancient rain forest-covered trails linking North Taranaki with the south.

Forgotten is its name, but this route is really a journey of remembrance – a constant reminder of the determined settlers who tried – and most times failed – to scratch a living from its wild and isolated hill country. It’s no wonder this was New Zealand’s first Heritage Trail, with each of its special historic highlights signposted and explained along the way.

If history is your passion, this highway is ideal. Meandering over huge saddles overlooking lush valleys and mountainous ranges, the road passes through historic pioneering districts that once hosted healthy communities… now passed back to Mother Nature’s bosom. Drive the highway in less than three hours, or take your time to explore the fusion of nature with man… riverboat landing sites, road tunnels, disused coal mines, mills, brick kilns and sleeping villages instilled with the character of yesteryear.

Check Out this exciting new way of exploring the Forgotten Highway. Antonio Mews can offer you affordable modern and comfortable 4 star accommodation for all your requirements at the Stratford end of this adventure.

Hollard Gardens

A beautiful 4.5 hectare garden near Egmont National Park

Hollard Gardens is a beautiful garden area with mountain views, just a 15 minute drive from our Taranaki accommodation.
This historic garden meanders through an incredible 4.5 hectare property, just 15 minutes from our accommodation in central Stratford. It contains a large collection of plants with both historical and contemporary bias.

The garden is divided into the Old Garden (1927), the New Garden (1982) and the New Zealand Garden (1992).

The garden was the brainchild of Bernard Hollard and the first plantings were made in 1927. Bernard's vision has grown into a premier garden growing everything from herbaceous plants to temperate-zone trees and shrubs, with some rare plants in the mix.

The garden can cater for large group bookings of 20 or more people. It is recommended you set aside two hours in order to fully enjoy the garden experience.

A 15 minute drive from our Stratford motel.

Directions from our Taranaki Accommodation

Head north from the motel and turn left on Celia Street. This turns into Opunake Road. Follow this straight for around 14km and there is a turn off on the left to Manala Road. You'll find Hollard Gardens a little further along.

Stratford i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Get connected with more local activities and attractions

A wealth of local information just a short walk from our Taranaki accommodation.
Although we always keep a good selection of maps and are able to provide a lot of information about Stratford and Taranaki here at the motel, the i-Site Visitor Centre is another great source of local information. They have maps, local information, history and more. You can also book Taranaki accommodation here, though we suggest you contact us directly.

Directions to our Taranaki accommodation from Stratford i-Site

Head South down Miranda Street and follow the road to the left. At the roundabout turn right onto Highway 3. You'll find us a little further along on the left.

Tawhiti Museum

If you’re after a taste of Kiwi-style ‘Madame Tussauds’, Tawhiti Museum in Hawera is the place to visit. Widely acclaimed as the best private museum in New Zealand, the iconic complex is the work of talented local artist Nigel Ogle, who designs and builds life-size exhibits and scale models to capture the past in a set of super realistic displays.

Enjoy the drama of New Zealand’s colonial past, in displays that rival the artistry of world-famous Madame Tussauds’ Museum in London. A Must-Do experience, and a gem in Taranaki’s crown, Tawhiti is a museum unlike any other.

Veronica Loop Track

Egmont National Park

This is pleasant walk uphill through changing alpine rainforest, with an optional detour to a lookout point offering views of the mountain and out to the coast.
The Veronica Loop Track begins at the North Egmont Vistor Center, a 36 km drive from our Taranaki accommodation.

From the visitor center, follow the boardwalk past the Camphouse. From here the track leads past Ambury Monument and climbs a long series of steps. At the next junction the track loops back to the visitor centre through kamahi and Hall’s tōtara forest.

Alternatively, from the junction you can continue up the Holly Hut Track for 10 minutes to reach a popular lookout point.

Directions from our Taranaki Accommodation

Head North from Stratford down State Highway 3. Turn left at Inglewood, then again at Lepper Road Upper. Head straight until you get to the visitor centre.

Visit the Glockenspiel

The Stratford Glockenspiel was the first and, at time of writing, only Glockenspiel in New Zealand. The figurines in Glockenspiel are much larger than most figurines in European Glockenspiels. However, in common with European Glockenspiels, the Stratford Glockenspiel does display part of a story - Romeo and Juliet in this case.

The Glockenspiel is also unusual in that it delivers spoken-words in addition to the customary music. Ever keen to promote the Shakespearean connection, the Stratford Glockenspiel recites lines from Romeo and Juliet. Performances occur at 10am, 1pm and 3pm daily.

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