One hot line-up of summer hits in Taranaki

It's all happening this summer in Taranaki it’s shaping up to be too good to miss. 

Music festival Purple Paddocks kicks off mid-February, with AmeriCARna, celebrating American car culture cruising around the region following not long after.

New Zealand's one and only Crowded House are performing at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands. But there's so much more to do beyond the party too. Burn some energy at Oxfam Trailwalker and Tri Taranaki Festival in March.

Explore over 200km of walking trails on Taranaki Maunga set amongst the native trees and flora, and Surf Highway 45 on the same day, take a coastal walk or cycle the 12.7km long New Plymouth Coastal Walkway or the 7km Ōpunake Loop Trail (don’t miss the delightful beach-top Secret Garden).

Indulge your tastebuds with sumptuous food from a range of eateries and producers of unique food and beverages, and discover a world of art from the stunning contemporary Govett Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, to thought-provoking exhibitions at public and private galleries throughout the region.

Visit historic sites, Puke Ariki museum, and the award-winning Tawhiti Museum to learn about the region’s turbulent beginnings, and for a truly unique glimpse into the pioneering past journey along the aptly named Forgotten World Highway.

No matter how you choose to experience Taranaki, you’re always welcome here. Start planning your Taranaki summer to-do list, grab a friend or two and make a weekend of it. Pack your party clothes, togs and a pair of comfortable shoes and create fun summer memories that will be sure to last a lifetime.

Don’t miss out on these featured events this summer!