Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutu Rock, New Plymouth

4.8
#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 .
Create an itinerary including Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutu Rock
map
Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutu Rock Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
157 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • 234 steep steps start this climb before arriving at a steeper rocky section with a chain to pull yourself up. Not technically difficult, just take your time and make sure you have good shoes on. Great...  more »
  • Went with the family . You need to be fit and good with knees to climb up . The rock /chain climb is tough but most people can do it . Love the view from the top. Good scenery , nice place for photogr...  more »
  • No trip to New Plymouth is not complete without a visit to Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutu Rock. You can actually climb the rock but make sure you are in good condition and have the proper clothing an...  more »

Plan your trip to New Plymouth

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in New Plymouth

New Plymouth's waterfront offers the most pleasant accommodations in the city, with boutique hotels and welcoming bed and breakfasts, along with rental apartments. Also close to the water, RV parks provide an excellent choice for families and campers. Farther out of town, expect to find motels and campsites, conveniently accessed by car or local buses.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in New Plymouth by other users

26 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM BRAZIL December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 22 days in North Island BY A USER FROM BRAZIL December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 33 days in New Plymouth BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in New Plymouth BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA January, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in New Plymouth BY A USER FROM FINLAND February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in North Island BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA February, kids, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, kids, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 10 days in North Island BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA February, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in Australia & New Plymouth BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 28 days in North Island BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Australia, New Plymouth & Auckland Central SEE PLAN April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 24 days in Australia & New Plymouth BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans