Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutu Rock, New Plymouth

Categories: Islands, Nature & Parks
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4.9/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
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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  • An afternoon ascent to take in the coastline and city view, with the green farmland stretching to Mt Taranaki. A great place to take in the sunset and reflect on the day. Not for those with a fear of ...  read more »
  • So have you been to the sugar loaf of Rio de Janeiro, this is a mini sugar loaf. Even so, it pays to visit to enjoy the struggle between land and sea, shaping the landscape.
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  • If you go along Centennial Drive immediately after Paritutu Rock there is a carpark from which you can see all the islands and most of the reserve. You can climb to the top of Paritutu and you can cat...  read more »
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