New Plymouth is the major city of the Taranaki Region on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Dominated by Mt Taranaki (Egmont National Park) and surrounded by lush farmland.

New Plymouth is the only international deep-water port in this part of NZ. The New Plymouth District is the 10th largest district (out of 67) in New Zealand. The city is the region’s financial center. New Plymouth won multiple awards in 2008. In 2010 it was chosen as one of two walking & cycling “Model Communities” by the government. It is also noted for being a coastal city with Mt Taranaki, where residents and visitors can snowboard, ski, water ski and surf all in the same day. The city has a bubbling arts scene, some awesome cafes and a rootsy, outdoorsy focus.

The city of New Plymouth is known for its sunny climate, art galleries and beautiful parks. It is also New Zealand’s ‘oil town’, with offshore rigs extracting natural gas and oil. The conical shape of Mt Taranaki provides a dramatic backdrop to the city, a constant reminder that the hiking trails of Egmont National Park are just a short drive away.

At any time of the year, Pukekura Park is a place to relax and enjoy nature; it has a children’s zoo and bush walks. You may also like to stroll along the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, a 13km promenade with stunning views. Expect good shopping and an impressive selection of restaurants.

Schools in this Location

Sacred Heart Girls’ College

Sacred Heart Girls’ College is a semi-private boarding school and day school in New Plymouth, which has a population of 70,000. It is a small, safe city beside the sea on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand and we have a beautiful mountain behind us.

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Francis Douglas Memorial College

A warm welcome to Francis Douglas Memorial College . We offer a caring and friendly atmosphere.  The presence of international students at our secondary school enriches the school’s community and we value this cultural diversity.

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New Plymouth Girls’ High School

New Plymouth Girls’ High School provides students with the technical and personal skills needed for life in the 21st century whilst retaining traditional values and pride in our heritage.

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New Plymouth Boys’ High School

New Plymouth Boys’ High School, a boys secondary school, was established in 1882 with over 1200 boys enrolled and includes a boarding establishment on site. The school is located on 14 hectares of park-like grounds in the central New Plymouth area and overlooks the sea.

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