In 2009, together with some close friends, I enjoyed a few days in Taranaki, one of New Zealand's less visited provinces. Taranaki is dominated by the iconic Mt Taranaki / Egmont. It is a rural region dominate by pastoral farming - mainly dairy. The main city is New Plymouth.
On one of the days we had in New Plymouth, we decided to make a day trip out of a drive around Mount Taranaki in a clockwise direction starting from New Plymouth. We included stops a drive half way up the mountain, Dawson Falls, and the lighthouse at Cape Egmont. It was a great day with plenty of interesting and photogenic scenery! Here's a sample to give you an idea of what you can see on a day trip driving around Mount Taranaki.
New Plymouth is an attractive coastal city and the only city in the Taranaki. The prominent attraction is Mount Taranaki (formerly called Mt. Egmont) which towers in the background. Egmont National Park surrounds the mountain which is renowed for skiing in winter and trekking and climbing in summer. This is one of the best parks in New Zealand along with Pukekura Park.. The coast has black sand beaches and there is plenty of opportunity for swimming, diving, surfing, windsurfing, game fishing, camping and cruising.