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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  • After a day in Pukekura Park it was great to see the sea, so to speak. We didnt climb Paritutu Rock but did have a great view of the islands and looking back at the city. You can also see Mt Taranaki ...  more »
  • Not for the faint hearted if you go beyond the wooden steps and then you hang onto the chain while you find your footing. We left the older member with the dog and must admit he was happy with the vie...  more »
  • Awesome this is one of taranakis must do's with great weather and amazing views all round from the sea to the mountain