Since it’s now spring time here in New Zealand, it’s time for a a bit of a vacation. While my host family jetted off to LA, SanFran, and Disney Land, I set off on a bit of a road trip. My goal? See as much of the North Island as I could before it was time to start working again.
Stop #1: New Plymouth.
Ok, well, technically I drove to Hawera, text my host mom and had to ask why I was suppose to stop there again, lol. Turns out it was for the Tawhiti Museum. Little museum that’s set out of the way, but rich in history. A local artists named Nigel Ogle designed and create almost all of the works within the museum. It’s considered one of the best private museums in NZ. If you’re in the area with a couple hours to kill, check it out. It’s not hard to get to.
Then off to New Plymouth for the beginning of my trip. I actually had a place booked and ready here, unlike most places I went to. Ariki Backpackers and it was central to the city. Right next to the Coastal Walkway, Puki Ariki, and Len Lye Centre/Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.
The backpackers was great. Thank you Trish.
The Coastal Walkway was 10km of amazing coastline. Wish I could have stayed there. Because I arrived early evening, it was just perfect with the weather and the sunset.
The next day I visited the Puke Ariki Museum. It’s also a library so don’t get too confused. Enter through the i-Site and go from there. There’s an awesome exhibit on music and sound downstairs, all interactive. A lot of fun for everyone. Then the main floor is dedicated to the local history of Taranaki, Maori wars, and such. The top of floor is pretty awesome with prehistoric and sea creatures, even the volcanoes of the island.
Look at this dude. He’s huge!
The great white’s tooth size.
I’ll be honest and admit that I wasn’t totally impressed with the Len Lye Centre/Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, but that’s mostly because I don’t really understand modern art. Sorry.
Sorry, I don’t get it. There’s an egg on this thing.
I didn’t spend as much time a originally intended in New Plymouth, but I’ll definitely be coming back in the summer for Mount Egmont. Had to get going because I was booked into a place in Waitomo for Monday’s cave excursion.
I drove out of town and up the west coast which has some amazing sites to see along the way. The coast line is beautiful with the black sand.
The Three Sisters and The Elephant lookout point in
Yes, beach selfie.
Coastal Walkway, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Because why not a duck?
On my way out of Taranaki
OH! Guess what I found when I stopped for gas outside of Waitomo in Piopio?? You’ll have to wait until next time so stay tuned!! Hint: It’s something that I love and why we love NZ so much 😉