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Paritutu Rock, New Plymouth

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#2 of 8 in Nature in Taranaki Region
Island · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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Five small islands make up Paritutu Rock, each a volcanic remnant from an ancient volcano. Coral reefs surround the islands (which get their name from Captain Cook), creating a haven for marine life including at least 89 species of fish. Try to spot seals, dolphins, and whales at this protected area, and get an up-close look by scuba diving. Head to New Plymouth harbor's eastern end to see Paritutu, another extinct volcano. The views from its 153 m (502 ft) top are fantastic, but think twice about making this climb if your fitness level is rather low or you're afraid of heights. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Paritutu Rock by using our New Plymouth trip itinerary planning app.
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  • Excellent walk - definitely harder than it looks. You can walk up to a point before it becomes almost a rock climb which is not suitable for quite young children. There is definitely risk involved... 
    Excellent walk - definitely harder than it looks. You can walk up to a point before it becomes almost a rock climb which is not suitable for quite young children. There is definitely risk involved...  more »
  • Saw this iconic feature in New Plymouth while we were visiting the area. Enjoyed the scenery as we had a fish and chips picnic at the beach. We didn’t have time to explore but will come back to do so....  more
    Saw this iconic feature in New Plymouth while we were visiting the area. Enjoyed the scenery as we had a fish and chips picnic at the beach. We didn’t have time to explore but will come back to do so....  more »
  • A challenging and new experience to climb up the rocks, and then abseiling down by holding on to the chain. Need to have strong knees to go up. Don't be tricked as it says the walk is 30 minutes but.....  more
    A challenging and new experience to climb up the rocks, and then abseiling down by holding on to the chain. Need to have strong knees to go up. Don't be tricked as it says the walk is 30 minutes but.....  more »
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  • Absolutely awesome, everyone needs to try it out at least once (if you're not afraid of heights). Was my 2nd time up there in 3years and I'm absolutely not the fittest person 😅. Dragged my partner up this time which was a cool experience. Worth the grueling climb especially on a clear day when you can see the national park mountains and the white cliffs in the distance. Will definitely do it again and again so our kids can experience it and we can all watch the sunset together
  • Very STEEP! Best short track ever! So much fun and adventures! Stunning view all the way up and down. Please do wear proper shoes and make sure you are not afraid of height. Don't miss this when you visit New Plymouth.
  • Incredible views from the top if you make the brief journey up the former volcano. It is a short hike but does require a level of fitness due to the stairs and rock face climb. I wouldn't recommend it if you're afraid of heights though.
  • A great landmark tourist attraction in the city. The Rock/hill is not very tall but when the only way to go up there is by climbing it could be quite a challenge for many of us. In fact it’s a rock climbing exercise & you may need to use both hands any time. Up on there you have 360 panorama of the whole city & it’s really worth it.
  • Great little climb with a good view. First half is stairs second half is an easy climb with a solid chain for assistance. Can comfortably get to the top in under 20mins

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