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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  • The Marine Park and the power station we know as New Zealanders have taken seriously the protection of its fauna and flora, knowing that it is the most powerful magnet for travelers visiting the Islands, and a good example of this is the area of the Sugar Loaf Islands, West of the city of New Plymouth. Even today it is still a little shocking to find the mass of the power station transformed into a clean energy source after being dismantled their previous machinery be highly pollutant. The result so we have before our eyes, a refuge for marine birds and almost 400 sea lions just less than one kilometer from the coast, which live, fall in love, and nest in these volcanic islets as a result of the erosion of the sea and the wind. Together with them and following the food chain, Live whales, orcas, dolphins, sharks, rays and dozens of species of small fish that feed them. Of course, all this little I can see from Earth. What if we can enjoy is a wonderful view from the cliff that decorate a care Park (although windy) which allows a global idea thanks to the posters of what moves under the waters of this reborn Park that was once in danger.
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  • Came to the car park just before sunset to look at the Islands and water just as the sun was going down. Seemed like a nightly ritual for some of the locals and minutes from town. Grab takeaway and wa...  more »
  • The climb up the rock isn't the easiest. After walking up the wooden steps you then have to rely on a chain to hold onto to climb the rocky incline. Quite precarious and not for the faint hearted. The...  more »