My Local Secret


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We want YOU to share a photo that depicts your #MyLocalSecret in Taranaki – your hidden gem! 
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From Mount Taranaki to beautiful beaches, New Plymouth is a spectacular destination, but there's much more to discover beyond its good looks. We've asked some locals to share their favourite secret destinations, hang-outs, adventures and experiences.

Mark Louis is a Taranaki hospitality heavyweight.  As a co-owner of Hour Glass, Polpetta, Our Place and Peeking Panda, Mark is not short of good food and great chat, that’s for sure.  It’s a wonder how he finds time to hang with his wife, kids and the dog, let alone get out for a surf when it’s pumping!  But he does it and he does it well. 

Check out Mark’s secret spots in New Plymouth...

Lisa Tamati

As an ultra-marathon runner Lisa Tamati 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, while still finding time to design bespoke jewellery and enjoy her local secret spots.

Check out Lisa's local secrets...

Jo & Dave James are a husband and wife team where engineering meets the love of gin! Together they produce Juno Gin, a boutique London-style gin distilled in New Plymouth using ingredients grown and sourced in Taranaki and throughout New Zealand. They have three core values: make it fun, make it together and make it right. 

Discover Jo and Dave's local secrets here...

Belinda and Louise Hunt

Mother and daughter duo Belinda and Louise Hunt are the brains and beauty behind Lushington Jackets. Together these lovely ladies have turned a passion into a successful business, creating unique jackets with bespoke features that are a perfect reflection of Taranaki's beauty and individuality. Belinda and Louise might keep the secret to creating their stylish jackets close to their hearts but they're more than happy to share their local secrets!

Check out Belinda and Louise's local secrets...

Back Beach

Ben is a young New Plymouth-based photographer and videographer. Despite being only 23 years old, Ben’s already clocked up an impressive resume, and is well on his way to carving a career out of his talents. Ben’s passion for capturing the perfect shot helps him see things differently, and he’s often out exploring the region to find the best spots. Lucky for us, Ben is happy to share a few of his discoveries!

Check out Ben's local secrets...