A little bit out there on the west coast of the North Island, the Taranaki region is famed for its laid back lifestyle – a unique mix of mountain, surf, art, adventure and pretty much everything in between. With cool jobs, affordable housing and virtually no traffic, its easy to see why its welcoming new residents from all around the world.
Taranaki’s economy is built on black and white gold – oil exploration and dairy production – with more than its fair share of innovation across these and the supporting engineering, manufacturing, and food production sectors. These are supported by health, education, tourism and creative industries, and there are opportunities throughout the region for a range of progressive businesses.
At the heart of Taranaki is picture perfect Mount Taranaki with over 200km of hiking trails and a club ski field in winter. Beneath the mountain is a fertile landscape offering countless parks and gardens, and beyond this a surf coast with some of New Zealand’s best breaks and many swimming beaches. It’s a landscape built for exploration and adventure.
Taranaki’s rich past is retold through New Zealand’s best museums spanning everything from local history to Elvis Presley. It’s a hotbed for creativity – the stunningly shiny Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre is equally impressive, and Taranaki’s major events calendar caters for everything: top class sports events, massive music festivals, international performances and more.
It’s easy to live and work in Taranaki. There are great facilities for every sport and pastime and highly regarded schools. You won’t spend time in traffic jams – a 10-minute commute means you’re probably living in the country – which means more time to spend with your family making the most of Taranaki’s temperate climate.
Taranaki is home to 110,000 people with half of these in the main city of New Plymouth and the rest in smaller centres of Hawera, Stratford, Inglewood, Eltham, Waitara, Patea or Opunake. We look forward to welcoming you to Taranaki – a region like no other. See more of what Taranaki has to offer.