Holidays in Paritutu Rock

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Climb up the short, steep path to this vantage point for stunning views of the rugged Taranaki coastline, Sugar Loaf Islands and Tasman Sea.

Guarding the eastern end of New Plymouth’s harbor, Paritutu Rock is a tall and resolute monolith on the Taranaki coast. Marvel at astonishing views of the surrounding environment and stand atop the remnants of a volcano that was active nearly 2 million years ago.

Make your way up the track that begins on the northern side of the rock. Watch out for uneven rocks in some places and remember that it is a steep climb. You will ascend 320 feet (100 meters) in about 15 minutes. Scramble to the top, where a chain is available to help you climb the last few feet. The views provide ample reward. Gaze out on spectacular 360-degree vistas of the New Plymouth coastline, the city and port, the Sugar Loaf Islands and the Tasman Sea stretching to the horizon. Take advantage of the wonderful photo opportunities available, which are best around sunset.

Once at the summit, give some thought to the ground beneath your feet. At the time of its 1770 discovery by Pakeha, those of European descent, Paritutu Rock was a significant site for local Maori people. The summit had been painstakingly flattened to make a level site for shelters and kumara storage pits. A village called Mahoe was once sprawled at the base of the rock, which was famed for its Tohunga school of learning.

Over the years, various groups have called for the demolition of the rock to make way for a harbor. Notice the rock’s shape, which is missing its southern shoulder. Failed or partial demolitions in 1879, 1921 and 1923 caused this appearance. In the 1940s, the monolith was handed over to the New Plymouth City Council and preserved for its historic, aesthetic and sentimental value.

Paritutu Rock is about a 10-minute drive west from New Plymouth’s city center. Make sure you’re comfortable with heights and bring a warm jacket if the Taranaki wind is blowing.

235 Cheap Hotels Near Paritutu Rock

Plymouth International
Plymouth International
4 out of 5
220 Courtenay Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki
Located in New Plymouth CBD, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from East End Reserve and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Bowl of Brooklands. Fitzroy Beach and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (642 reviews)
"Lovely place to stay, nice little gym, pool was really good. So close to everything."

Reviewed on 18 Nov. 2021

Plymouth International
Tivoli Homestay
Tivoli Homestay
3 out of 5
22 SCOTT STREET, Moturoa, New Plymouth, Taranaki
Located in Moturoa, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mile (2 km) of Paritutu Rock, Back Beach and Sugar Loaf Marine Reserve. Taranaki Base Hospital and Puke ...
5/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
It was perfect!
"It was an amazing experience. Perfect!"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2019

Tivoli Homestay
Millennium Hotel New Plymouth, Waterfront
Millennium Hotel New Plymouth, Waterfront
4 out of 5
1 Egmont Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki
Offering direct access to the beach, this New Plymouth CBD hotel is in the city centre, steps away from Puke Ariki and Wind Wand. Observatory and Pukekura Park ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (651 reviews)
"everything was fine except food, their was nothing fir vegetarians. These days people are more conscious about their health and prefer vegetables but could not find decent vegetarian meal apart from paster"

Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2021

Millennium Hotel New Plymouth, Waterfront
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Top Paritutu Rock Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Plymouth International
Plymouth International
4 out of 5
220 Courtenay Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki
The price is AU$95 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Plymouth International
Tivoli Homestay
Tivoli Homestay
3 out of 5
22 SCOTT STREET, Moturoa, New Plymouth, Taranaki
The price is AU$332 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Tivoli Homestay
Millennium Hotel New Plymouth, Waterfront
Millennium Hotel New Plymouth, Waterfront
4 out of 5
1 Egmont Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki
The price is AU$164 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
Millennium Hotel New Plymouth, Waterfront
Modern Studio, close to Beach and Port
Modern Studio, close to Beach and Port
42A Whiteley St, New Plymouth, Taranaki
Modern Studio, close to Beach and Port
16 Havelock
16 Havelock
4 out of 5
16 Havelock Place, Blagdon, New Plymouth
The price is AU$117 per night from 4 Jan. to 4 Jan.
16 Havelock
THE WATERFRONT ESCAPE
THE WATERFRONT ESCAPE
8 Roy Terrace, New Plymouth, Taranaki
THE WATERFRONT ESCAPE
The Metrotel Motel
The Metrotel Motel
3 out of 5
22 Gill Street, New Plymouth
The price is AU$135 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
The Metrotel Motel
Belt Road Seaside Holiday Park
Belt Road Seaside Holiday Park
4.5 out of 5
2 Belt Road, New Plymouth
The price is AU$136 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Belt Road Seaside Holiday Park
299 on Devon West
299 on Devon West
4.5 out of 5
299 Devon Street West, New Plymouth, Taranaki
The price is AU$125 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
299 on Devon West
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