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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  • Coming down felt like abseiling and I loved it. Fantastic view and well worth the adventurous climb. Go at your own pace. 
  • I was pleasantly surprised you were able to climb paritutu rock. You'll definitely need shoes, good fitness and a little courage. Although it doesn't take long (20-30mins) to get to the top, a good pa...  more »
  • Paritutu Rock would be a great outing and adventure for all if the trail was safe and the city did the right thing and demolished the huge ugly smokestack right beside it.