Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutu Rock, New Plymouth

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Five small islands make up Sugar Loaf Islands and 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. Using our world travel planner, New Plymouth attractions like Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutu Rock can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Located on the coast at New Plymouth, Paritutu Rock is easily visible and looks innocuous from a distance. However the climb is difficult, and the top half is dangerous and should only be attempted in...  more »
  • Paritutu rock is a great morning out for the whole family. Fairly easy climb for the able bodied but a few areas where you wouldn't want to take little kids. There are some extremely high dropoffs on ...  more »
  • It is a sharp climb, but my father who has arthritic knees was able to do it by pulling himself up on the chains provided, and is well worth the view from the top. If you can get there on a clear day,...  more »