Destination guide

New Plymouth District: a buzzy port town

Staying in a New Plymouth District vacation rental might just be the best decision you've ever made. The buzzy port town is home to thriving art galleries, a mouth-watering foodie scene and warm locals. Beyond the town, the dramatic scenery is a sight to behold. The snow-capped volcanic Mount Taranaki tumbles down to swathes of virgin subalpine forests and tumbling waterfalls. You should pack up your walking boots and camera because both are going to get a whole lot of use out on the footpaths. Your Instagram account will never look the same again.

Things to do

New Plymouth District's thriving art scene

When you catch a glimpse of the jaw-dropping scenery near your New Plymouth District vacation rental, you'll quickly realize why there is such a thriving art scene here. It doesn't matter if you want to browse or pick up some local work to take home, you can delve into the local art world in many of the town's galleries and museums. Along the waterfront, be sure to swing by the Puke Ariki, an innovative museum which captures the heritage of Taranaki. Alternatively, if botany is your thing, there are 17 significant gardens in the district, more than any other part of the country.


Get your walking boots ready for New Plymouth District

When it comes to things to do near your New Plymouth District vacation rental, it's hard to know where to start. Hiking is one of the most popular activities and the countryside footpaths that wind their way up to mountain summits are nothing short of breath-taking. The rolling swells that hit the shores are a surfer's paradise. Don't worry if you don't know what you're doing, there are plenty of experts who can teach you to pop up and ride the waves. For the ultimate, albeit expensive, adventure, hop aboard one of the helicopter flights to see snow-capped Mount Taranaki from above.


Escape winter in New Plymouth District

By far the most popular time for New Plymouth District vacation rentals is the summer months between December and February, when New Zealand families and international travelers descend on the sun-soaked beaches. That said, it's not the only time worth visiting the area. If you catch spring at the right time, the agreeable temperature and sunny weather can be wonderful for outdoor activities. While fall might be a little chilly for the beach, it's a scenic time to tip up in town, you'll benefit from a serious knock down in rental prices and it'll be far less crowded.

Natural features

Catch a glimpse of the kiwi in New Plymouth District

The New Plymouth District is dominated by the breath-taking Mount Taranaki, which drops down into virgin forests and along to the rugged New Zealand coast. There might not be a long list of bird species but what most people come for is catching that elusive glimpse of the endangered flightless kiwi bird, the national symbol of New Zealand, and the shining cuckoo, kingfisher and pukeko. If you're stay in a waterfront New Plymouth District vacation rental, keep your eyes peeled for pods of dolphins playfully leaping out at sea and if you're really lucky, the odd orca.

Can I find a vacation rental around New Plymouth District?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 230 vacation rentals near New Plymouth District. From 127 Houses to 43 Condos/Apartments, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover the New Plymouth District area.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in New Plymouth District?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in New Plymouth District. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • New Plymouth: 191 vacation rentals
  • Oakura Beach: 160 vacation rentals
  • Urenui: 20 vacation rentals
  • Motunui: 65 vacation rentals
  • New Plymouth CBD: 55 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in New Plymouth District! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in New Plymouth District?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in New Plymouth District:

  • New Plymouth: 191 rentals
  • Urenui: 20 rentals
  • Motunui: 65 rentals
  • Inglewood: 113 rentals
  • Tongaporutu: 16 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in New Plymouth District?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in New Plymouth District. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Hurworth Cottage: 202 rentals
  • Bowl of Brooklands: 203 rentals
  • Taranaki Base Hospital: 204 rentals
  • Pukeiti: 209 rentals
  • Tongapurtu Sea Cave: 30 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around New Plymouth District listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.