New Plymouth & Waitomo

Photo taken by: Yuri Jones (Flying Kiwi Traveller)

Waitomo Tours

New Plymouth & Waitomo Caves - Tour Highlights

With 57,700 inhabitants, New Plymouth is one of the biggest cities in the North Island and a must do on the West Coast of the North Island. The impressive Mount Taranaki stands guard over this lovely city which is littered with beautiful parks and gardens. There is a fresh vibe here, with lots of things to see and enjoy from good shopping to delightful restaurants.

New Plymouth has been nationally recognized as a cyclist and pedestrian friendly place. There are plenty of hikes or rides to do. The coastal path is a joy for those who want to feel the gentle Ocean breeze and the Egmont National Park is on the doorstep of the city.

Time spent here while on a Flying Kiwi tour:

We spend 1 night in New Plymouth.

Tours that take you here:

Ultimate Explorer - 27 or 28 days     Hot Rocks - 9 or 10 days
Total Aotearoa - 24 days Northern Express - 2 days
Grand Traverse - 15 days  
Reverse Traverse - 14 or 15 days  

Where we stay: 

Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park – A beachfront holiday park perfectly located between the sea and the city.

- Wifi first 200MB free, then $5 per 500MB
- Laundry $3 per wash & $3 per dry
- Surfing beach and a cafe nearby
- Cabin upgrades

Things to do:

Visit the 52 ha Pukekura Park, an amazing botanical garden! Lots of people say that is the jewel of New Plymouth’s crown.

Pukekura Park

Free Things to Do:

- Pukekura Botanical Gardens

- Enjoy Fitzroy beach

Insiders Tip:

Fitzroy beach has some of the best waves in the country. If you are a competent surfer then this is one location you definitely do not want to miss.


fitzroy beach surf

Hiking Options:

A farmland walk, or a great cave walk through the glow-worm caves

Our pick of New Plymouth & Waitomo Activities:


black water rafting  

Waitomo Blackwater Rafting

2hrs. Float through Te Anaroa Cave on a rubber tyre tube. See thousands of glow worms & beautiful cave formations. Jump off a waterfall and top it all off with a fun water slide. Return to base for hot showers and complimentary hot drink.


Waitomo Glow Worm Cave Tour

1hr 30mins. Enjoy a relaxed guided walk down through Footwhistle Glowworm Cave. See glowworms, beautiful cave formations and ancient Moa bones. The cave is located on beautiful farm land and in the middle of native scenic bush. Upon exiting the cave, you are invited to sit in a Ponga hut to enjoy a tasting of kawakawa tea.