Lisa Tamati

As an ultra-marathon runner Lisa has conquered massive distances, across the most hostile of environments, including the length of New Zealand, the Sahara Desert, the Australian Outback and the Himalayas.   Settled with her roots back in Taranaki, Lisa continues to coach people from her experiences, whilst still finding time to design bespoke jewellery and enjoy her local secret spots…
 

Lake Mangamahoe

 

Local secret #1:

Lake Mangamahoe

State Highway 3, South of New Plymouth
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This beautiful secret trail is my favourite running spot, but is also great for mountain bikers and even horse riders.  It has great views of Mount Taranaki and the scenery is just gorgeous.

Federal Store


Local secret #2:

Federal Store

440 Devon Street East, Strandon, New Plymouth
http://www.thefederalstore.com/


This is my go to cafe on the weekend for the biggest and best breakfast in town not to mention fantastic coffee.  All served up in retro themed cafe that will take you back to your childhood.

Chaddy's Charters


Local secret #3:

Chaddy's Charters

Ocean View Parade, Breakwater Bay, New Plymouth
http://www.chaddyscharters.co.nz/


If you want to get a view of our Maunga (Mount Taranaki) from the water then a trip with Chaddy aboard his boat is a must. You’ll get to see seals up close, even the odd orca if you are extremely lucky. And then there is Chaddy himself. A dear friend and larger than life character whose life history is more colourful than a mardi gras. Chaddy has been there and done that and loves to spin a tale.

Okurukuru Winery

Local secret #4:

Okurukuru Winery

738 Surf Highway, RD4, New Plymouth
http://www.okurukuru.co.nz/


When you walk in the door of this special property you will be blown away by the views. It really is one of our best kept secrets.  Situated on State Highway 45 between New Plymouth and Oakura means it's away from the bustle. It's also full of my father’s artwork. Finally, Danger the Manager and head chef serves up gourmet dinners by the dozen. Premium ingredients, their own wine, beautiful artwork and incredible views make this a special place.

The White Sail Gallery


Local secret #5:

The White Sail Gallery

35 Ocean View Parade, Port Taranaki, New Plymouth
https://www.facebook.com/TheWhiteSailGallery


Jill is an artist who is passionate about sharing the work of other artists and crafts people from around the province. You can pick up some incredible pieces here. The gallery is right next door to Chaddy's Charters, so you can combine two highlights in one trip!