Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutu Rock, New Plymouth

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#3 of 14 in Parks in New Plymouth
Island Nature / Park
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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  • Small passage in the region. The beach (nature reserve) is super nice to walk around and very quiet. Opportunity to climb to the top Paritutu to do if the weather is good because the way sometimes quite risqué...
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  • Not as difficult as is made out. The steps going up are tough on the legs. The rock/chain climb to the top is really not that hard. Saw people of all ages and sizes managing very well. Looks harder th...  more »
  • Park off and enjoy the sunset. If you stay late enough in Summer, the Starlings may treat you with a cloud dance when they come to roost. Take a walk down to Back Beach.  more »

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