Vacation rentals in New Plymouth

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Popular amenities for New Plymouth vacation rentals

Stay near New Plymouth's top sights

Pukekura Park130 locals recommend
TSB Stadium4 locals recommend
Coastal Walkway Foreshore46 locals recommend
Centre City Shopping Centre32 locals recommend
PAK'nSAVE - New Plymouth13 locals recommend
Brooklands Zoo23 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in New Plymouth

  • Total rentals

    700 properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    170 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    30 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    80 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    380 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    35K reviews

Your guide to New Plymouth

All About New Plymouth

The coastal town of New Plymouth sits on the western shore of New Zealand’s North Island and is known for its pleasant climate, natural beauty, and sprawling seaside boardwalk. Waterfalls, subtropical forests, and snow-capped Mount Taranaki surround the town in sites like Egmont National Park to the south and Whanganui National Park to the east, making New Plymouth a fantastic jumping-off point to explore the unique ecologies and environments of the Taranaki region.

There’s plenty of hiking, cycling, surfing, and paddling among volcanic craters, black-sand beaches, dense subalpine forests, and rolling scrub plains. But New Plymouth isn’t only about the outdoors. The city is a thriving cultural center, with museums, modern art galleries, and a vibrant downtown district with trendy eateries and open-air cafes. The museum at Puke Ariki celebrates the town’s Māori heritage with dedicated exhibitions and takes you through the region’s unique flora and fauna.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in New Plymouth

Southern Hemisphere summers run from December to February, and winters start in June and go through August. Nevertheless, the climate in New Plymouth is generally mild. Summers are short and pleasant, with warm temperatures and little rainfall compared to the rest of the year; winter sees an uptick in precipitation and a dip in temperatures. Given New Plymouth’s coastal location, weather patterns can bring regular rainfall, wind, and overcast skies regardless of the season, so be sure to pack a light waterproof jacket and some layers.

Spring and summer are popular times to book holiday rentals in New Plymouth if you plan to enjoy some local celebrations and events like the 10-day Taranaki Garden Festival, which kicks off in late October, celebrating dozens of sustainable local gardens and art trails, and March’s WOMAD festival, a 3-day celebration of international music, arts, and dance.

Top things to do in New Plymouth

Egmont National Park

You’ll find dense rainforests, towering waterfalls, swampy wetlands, and the magnificent snow-adorned Mount Taranaki — a dormant volcano — within the bounds of this national park just outside town. You can explore miles of hiking trails that meander through fern groves and palm canopies, or climb the mountain — a full-day trip — for some of the most gorgeous vistas on the North Island.

Pukekura Park

This sprawling botanical gardens complex is in the heart of New Plymouth, offering more than 100 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Paths wind past fountain displays, arcadian forests, lilypad-covered lakes, and waterfalls. A waterside amphitheater hosts regional and international musical performances and plays.

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary art museums and galleries, home to a rotating collection of works exploring a range of styles and mediums by local and international artists. The museum hosts regular events, including film festivals, children’s workshops, and guided tours.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in New Plymouth?

    New Plymouth enjoys a temperate oceanic climate with mild, damp winters and warm, wet summers. Average temperatures fluctuate between 8°C to 21°C (46°F to 70°F) throughout the year. In winter, you may catch a dusting of snow on the peaks of Mount Taranaki.

  • What are some of the best things to do in New Plymouth?

    Visitors to New Plymouth often relish a stroll along the Coastal Walkway, a 13km path overlooking the Tasman Sea. The Len Lye Centre, with its unique kinetic art exhibitions, and exploring the natural beauty of Pukekura Park are other favored activities.

  • What is the best time of year to visit New Plymouth?

    The most frequented time of year to visit New Plymouth is during the summer months, from December to February. This is when the city hosts events such as the TSB Festival of Lights, which transforms Pukekura Park into a whimsical wonderland of illumination.

  • What are the best places to stay in New Plymouth?

    Popular areas to stay in New Plymouth include the city center, known for its shops and restaurants, the coastal area of Fitzroy with beautiful beaches, and Lynmouth, appreciated for its quiet residential character.

  • What are the best places to visit in New Plymouth?

    New Plymouth has several attractions such as the towering Mount Taranaki, the immersive aquatic life at the Aquatic Centre, and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, known for its modern and contemporary art collections.

  • What are some hiking trails in New Plymouth?

    New Plymouth is home to a variety of hiking trails. Two favored ones include the Mount Taranaki Summit Track, which offers panoramic views, and the lush Te Henui Walkway, providing a gentle stroll through native bush.

  • What are some family activities to do in New Plymouth?

    Families visiting New Plymouth can enjoy the interactive exhibits at Puke Ariki Museum, marvel at the different plant species in Pukekura Park’s botanical gardens, or have fun at the Aquatic Centre’s pools and slides.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in New Plymouth?

    Consider a visit to Egmont National Park, only 30km away, where you can explore the stunning natural beauty of Mount Taranaki. Alternatively, delve into history with a trip to the Tawhiti Museum, an engaging heritage site located 67km south.

  • Do apartment rentals in New Plymouth have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 20 apartment rentals with a bbq area in New Plymouth. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do hotel rentals in New Plymouth have a gym?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 hotel rentals with a gym in New Plymouth. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

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