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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  • My son spent ages enticing me to climb Paritutu Rock. Must admit he didn't tell me about the difficulty of second half of the climb - not for the faint hearted! Do not attempt this unless you are fair...  more »
  • Worth a visit to stop at and enjoy the walk. View is amazing from the top. We had a beautiful but cool morning. A must if your in the area  more »
  • If you were wanting to have a nice relaxing walk this is the place to go. if you wanting to have a quick swim or surf it's definitely here and something everyone must try is to climb Paritutu Rock whe...  more »