Located in the Taranaki Region on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand is the picturesque city of New Plymouth. The District of New Plymouth includes New Plymouth City as well as numerous other smaller towns. The Taranaki Region has so much to offer, visitors will never get bored taking in the scenery and sights and it is a unique area where visitors can snowboard and surf on the same day. New Plymouth City is well known for its beautiful parks and gardens as well as for its fantastic sunny climate, major festivals, agricultural and dairy farms, architecture, museums and art galleries among other things. Visitors to New Plymouth will come across some great walking tracks, rich culture, native bush parks, unique New Zealand architecture and a stunning coastline. There is a tiny Muslim community living in the city and therefore Muslim tourists will have access to a small amount of Muslim-friendly facilities including mosques and Halal restaurants in New Plymouth.
Those visiting New Plymouth and in need of more information can visit Puke Ariki, which houses a museum as well as a library and also café and a visitors information centre. Visitors will get to know more about New Plymouth and its eventful past at its Heritage Centre, get to meet prehistoric animals and even have access to books, films and other fun activities.
The city’s unparalleled beauty can be seen in Pukekura Park; which is a regionally renowned garden and one of National significance. This park covers an astounding area of approximately 128 acres and is located in the heart of New Plymouth. Pukekura Park is one of New Zealand's premier botanical gardens and houses a diverse range of activities and attractions. It is the ideal family friendly place where visitors can take bush walks and will come across play areas for the kids, a Tea House, formal gardens, lakes and a sports area. Every year from mid December to early February, visitors will be able to experience the Festival of Lights which is a major summer attraction held at the park. Located adjacent to the park is the garden of Brooklands which houses the popular Brooklands Zoo and more.
Another way to get to know, and see more of the area is to simply walk around. The New Plymouth Coastal Walkway is an award winning walkway that stretches for 10 kilometres along the coast of New Plymouth. The walkway will take visitors past some stunning picturesque areas like the Waipu Lagoons, the New Plymouth Golf Club, Te Rewa Rewa Bridge as well as beautiful farmland and more. Those using the walkway can run, cycle, skate or simply walk.
New Plymouth Airport is the closest major airport and is located approximately 11 kilometres from the center of New Plymouth. This airport not only serves New Plymouth but also the surrounding Taranaki Region. It is said to be the 10th busiest airport in New Zealand and is easily accessibly. Rotorua International Airport is the closest international airport to New Plymouth and is located approximately 315 kilometres away.
There are a couple of Halal restaurants in New Plymouth, namely Amadinah, Pankawalla Restaurant and India Today Bistro and Tandoor. Amadinah sells a variety of delicious Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes and is said to be Muslim owned. The Taranaki Region is known for producing some of the best and freshest seafood; therefore Muslim visitors can also dine at local seafood restaurants after ensuring they do not add any non-Halal items in their dishes.
There is one Islamic Centre in New Plymouth, namely the New Plymouth Islamic Centre, which is located at 9 Cracroft Street, Welbourn, NewPlymouth. This Islamic Centre is said to hold daily prayers as well as Jumu’ah prayers, religious talks and more.