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Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutu Rock

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Address: Paritutu Centennial Park, New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Recently had the pleasure of visiting New Plymouth for the first time. Two of my friends from New Plymouth took me to climb Paritutu which was a great experience. While it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Ella_M29
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Hobart, Australia
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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently had the pleasure of visiting New Plymouth for the first time. Two of my friends from New Plymouth took me to climb Paritutu which was a great experience. While it involved needed to use a chain in some parts, the view at the top was incredible. The walk only took up to 40 minutes and provided a great opportunity... More 

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Tauranga
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Coming down felt like abseiling and I loved it. Fantastic view and well worth the adventurous climb. Go at your own pace.

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Thank 735anneked
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised you were able to climb paritutu rock. You'll definitely need shoes, good fitness and a little courage. Although it doesn't take long (20-30mins) to get to the top, a good part of the climb is steep rocks with a chain to assist. At the top the views are breathtaking. Full costal panorama with the town and... More 

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Thank Adam C
Vancouver, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Paritutu Rock would be a great outing and adventure for all if the trail was safe and the city did the right thing and demolished the huge ugly smokestack right beside it.

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Thank J D
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

If you're reasonably fit and excited by the prospect of a little adventure, embark on a terrific short climb for about 20 minutes for fantastic 360 degree views of New Plymouth, up and down the coast and the Sugar Loaf coast. Very rewarding.

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Kaimiro
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

A short climb up to Paritutu Rock will give you a beautiful, 360 degrees, view of New Plymouth, Mt. Taranaki and surroundings. On a clear day, you can even see Mt. Ruapehu in the distance. The climb requires some agility, but is not extreme. After the climb you can run down the 50m high dune, soft sand, onto the beautiful... More 

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Thank Peter T
Calgary
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

If you are not afraid of heights and want the best view of New Plymouth and also Mount Taranaki, climb up to the top of Paritutu Rock. Be warned it is very steep from halfway up and you need good shoes or hiking boots. Very rocky and narrow path to the top. Many times two people cannot pass each other.... More 

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Thank travelguy1969
New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Finally got round to climbing Paritutu and ended up doing it on a windy day! We were pleased to find that we were sheltered from the wind the whole way up which helped heaps! It's up up up all the way as you've probably figured but well worth the effort and overall, found it wasn't nearly as hard as we'd... More 

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Whakatane, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

This is an amazing place to visit. Great for couples, singles or families. A cool sand dune to go down. Staircase to the beach below with postcard quality views of the Sugar loaf islands and Paratutu Rock. We even got a close up view of seals laying in the sun and playing in the water.

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Thank philfi2016
Taranaki Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Great place to visit. You can run down the dunes at Back Beach, or go surfing/swimming - also during good weather, you can climb up Paritutu Rock but this is not for the faint of heart. Wear good shoes and be relatively fit to climb since the very top there are no stairs - only a link chain to hold... More 

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