Walking and Hiking
Te Henui Walkway
This is the more popular of New Plymouth’s two river walkways. Te Henui winds its way up from the coast through a variety of native and exotic flora, and past several picnic areas and swimming holes. It extends from the coast at East End Reserve to Welbourn and follows the scenic Te Henui River. On the way you pass by historical pa sites and a wide range of flora and fauna. Gazetted as a national walkway, Te Henui is one of the most beautiful walkways in New Plymouth District and yet, incredibly, it originates from a sewage pipe route.
The Coastal Walkway
The award winning Coastal Walkway is an expansive sea-edge promenade stretching almost the entire length of New Plymouth. Ideal for walking, running, cycling, skating, or simply enjoying the view of the dramatic west coast, the walkway connects popular recreational areas and the city centre to the sea.
Lake Mangamahoe is a 262ha production forest, a popular place for mountain biking, walking, and running, and has a bridle path for horses, a scenic lake and park. It also has spectacular views of Mt Taranaki.
This is a circular walk in a 36ha blend of open spaces, plantations, bush and a wetland area (Barrett Lagoon). Explore an abundance of native bird life, wetland and lake habitats and indigenous vegetation in this urban oasis.
Mount Taranaki Summit Track
This climb is the most spectacular and adventurous in Taranaki and is not to be taken lightly. It takes 8-10 hours to complete. Be well prepared with the right gear - waterproof raincoat and leggings; sturdy footwear; warm clothing; gloves and gat; sunhat; first aid kit; food and 2-3 litres of water; cellphone/mountain radio/personal locator beacon; walking poles (optional); putties/gaiters (optional); and an ice axe/crampons (and mountaineering experience) in snow and ice conditions. Before you leave, check in with DoC and we recommend you take a guide.