Thinking of exploring New Zealand? You should consider a trip to both New Plymouth and Wanganui!
Choice Hotels offer three well-appointed and spacious accommodation options in these cities. In Wanganui, there’s Quality Inn Collegiate, which is located close to the city centre and provides easy access to many local points of interest. Econo Lodge Wanganui is centrally located and offers comfortable self-contained units and one bedroom motel units. Or why not stay at the Quality Hotel Plymouth International, where you can choose from stylish executive and deluxe studio rooms and luxury spa suites. The hotel is perfectly positioned to explore an array of art galleries and national parks.
New Plymouth lies in the North Island of New Zealand, where the wondrous Mount Taranaki stands as a backdrop to the city. It was named after Plymouth in Devon, England, from where the first English settlers migrated. Today, New Plymouth is a culturally diverse city and the recipient of the Best Small City in the World Award!
There are many things to do in New Plymouth! If you’re an active person, head to Egmont National Park, where you’ll find 300km of walking tracks and more than 50 luscious rivers and streams. For a peaceful seaside view, stroll along the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, which is a 10km promenade. Expect good shopping and a selection of fine restaurants offering different cuisines.
We recommend Kathakali for an authentic South Indian experience in a refined setting. Or take the family out to Arborio, ideally positioned on the waterfront offering Italian fare. This restaurant serves meals seven days a week and also offers all day breakfast. Drop in for a cheeky beverage and make yourself right at home at The Good Home.
A couple of hours’ drive away, lies the picturesque river city of Wanganui. This city is steeped in history and during the early days of European settlement, it was an important trading centre. Today, the city is dotted with restored heritage buildings including the Royal Wanganui Opera House and the Sarjeant Art Gallery. The Whanganui River is one of the most historic and majestic waterways in New Zealand and can be best appreciated via canoe, kayak or riverboat cruise.
For some amusement, take the family to Riverland Family Park, on the Eastern banks of the Whanganui River. Here you can ride a tandem bike, play mini golf and enjoy bumper boats! You’ll have a blast enjoying these Wanganui attractions!
There are a number of quality dining options in Wanganui to choose from. Kick-start your day at Cracked Pepper Café, known for their delicious eggs benedict. Or head to Yellow House Café, a charmingly-restored house with great coffee. Angora offers excellent Turkish pizzas in a buzzing atmosphere or enjoy a carvery buffet while overlooking the Whanganui River at Anndionce.
Have a fabulous time in New Plymouth and Wanganui!