Surprisingly contemporary Taranaki, and its capital New Plymouth, offer a cultural, cool and distinctive destination for a growing number of events. Located half way between Auckland and Wellington, Taranaki is easily accessible with daily flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
The region offers an impressively diverse range of event options. New Plymouth in particular is proving increasingly popular with small and medium-sized events seeking a different destination, well-appointed facilities and a memorable experience to support the main event. From a stunning contemporary art gallery, a classically-inspired theatre to a beautiful natural amphitheatre, the city has a range of unique locations, supported by events contractors and suppliers with proven expertise, and a proactive ‘Team Taranaki’ approach to making things happen with the minimum of fuss. Intimate or corporate, grass between your toes or looking down from a picture-perfect mountain, a surf lesson or a stately location, cultural icon or lush gardens – Taranaki has you covered.
Supporting events, Taranaki offers a surprisingly sophisticated accommodation offering, right around the mountain. Properties range from large well-appointed hotels spanning many international brands, to more intimate options, all well-located and more than likely with mountain views. A handful of modern, 4-star plus hotels offer single-site accommodation, dining and conference facilities, while a wide range of motels and serviced apartments offer additional flexibility. For a unique experience try beachfront glamping, a heritage hotel or back-country lodge. Taranaki was recently judged the world’s second best regional destination by influential global travel guide Lonely Planet. The award labelled the region an “undiscovered gem” and when it comes to delivering memorable and seamless conferences and events, and leaving delegates inspired and impressed, Taranaki has it.