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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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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... read more

Reviewed January 22, 2017
Bella1Canberra
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed January 26, 2017

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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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed January 22, 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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Reviewed January 17, 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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Calgary
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Reviewed January 9, 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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New Zealand
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Reviewed January 7, 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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Reviewed January 7, 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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Reviewed January 2, 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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Reviewed December 14, 2016

Such an amazing place! Whether you are looking to relax on the beach or brave the climb up Paritutu rock its an amazing day that the whole family can enjoy. Back beach is one of the best beaches in New Plymouth

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed December 6, 2016

After a day in Pukekura Park it was great to see the sea, so to speak. We didnt climb Paritutu Rock but did have a great view of the islands and looking back at the city. You can also see Mt Taranaki from here as well which is cool. We drove further around the coast and got some cool shots... More 

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Yorkshire
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Reviewed December 6, 2016

Not for the faint hearted if you go beyond the wooden steps and then you hang onto the chain while you find your footing. We left the older member with the dog and must admit he was happy with the view from where the wooden steps end but the view from the top was great but the mountain was covered... More 

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