Home to the second highest peak in the North Island, the Taranaki region is known for its epic skiing and snowboarding opportunities on Mt Taranaki. The region's main centre is New Plymouth, followed by the towns of Hawera, Waitara and Stratford. The city of New Plymouth is best known for the sunny weather, picturesque scenery and thriving arts scene. The city is home to many important industries in New Zealand, including petroleum and agricultural industries. The town of Hawera is known for its dairy production, with the southern hemisphere’s largest single site dairy factory located within the town. The lesser populated town of Hawera is perfect for those wanting to relocate to a quieter lifestyle, but still remain within an industry-based town. The town of Waitara is known for its rich history, heritage sites and scenery. Whether you want to learn about Māori history, experience Māori culture or spend the day relaxing by the lake, Waitara is full of opportunities. The town of Stratford is known as a base for adventurers wanting to explore Mount Taranaki, due to its close proximity. Stratford is also a town that is rich in history, with many streets being named after Shakespearean characters. The Taranaki region offers it all - whether you like to snowboard, surf, hike, fish, immerse yourself in history, or absorb the artistic culture. With many New Zealanders travelling to the region every year, it does not come as a surprise that the Taranaki lifestyle is highly sought after.

Key Information
Population 116,600
Employment rate 65.6%
GDP Per Capita $71,297
Average Weekly Rent $308