Taranaki is a region on the west coast of the North Island. The region's main centre is the city of New Plymouth, other towns include Hawera, Waitara and Stratford. The region offers its residents the opportunity to snowboard during the morning and surf during the afternoon in locations considered world-class.

Mount Taranaki is one of the most symmetrical cone-shaped mountains in the world and dominates the skyline wherever you are. Because of its resemblance to Mount Fuji, Taranaki provided the backdrop for the movie Last Samurai.

The Taranaki region is renowned for its successful agriculture industry and energy industry, including oil and gas. The region has the highest GDP per capita in New Zealand.

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