Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutu Rock, New Plymouth

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#2 of 6 in Nature in Taranaki Region
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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutu Rock by using our New Plymouth trip itinerary planning app .
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  • Wear good shoes, probably keep your hands free as it gets very steep and enjoy the view from the top once you get there. I definitely recommend this climb to anyone visiting New Plymouth. The view fro...  more »
  • It takes you about 5-10 minutes to reach the top. If you're slow maybe 15 minutes. The view from the top is the best view of New Plymouth you'll get. And it's an amazing sun set or sun rise. I don't r...  more »
  • The walk to the summit should only take about 30-40 minutes. The first two thirds is a steep climb on wooden steps. The final third is made using a solid chain handrail. You do need to wear either tra...  more »
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