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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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Beautiful day and a beautiful view, not braze enough to climb the rock! Pity the rubbish bin had smelly rubbish in it, yuck.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2016
Diannemh46
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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46 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Beautiful day and a beautiful view, not braze enough to climb the rock! Pity the rubbish bin had smelly rubbish in it, yuck.

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South America
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

Coming down is easier than going up so don't fear the climb, the view is excellent and rarely is a bit of accessible steepness so rewarding. The area up the top is plenty wide incase you are worried about that.

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Thank publiceye
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

Climbing paritutu Rock is a must do while visiting Taranaki, only takes about ten minutes to climb, a bit tricky towards the top, but well worth the effort. The view up there on a clear day is just magic.

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Thank Karen K
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

If you love a little adventure, climbing Paritutu is the perfect option. The climb is easy and quite thrilling. The view from the top is so worth it. You can see a bird eye view of the entire New Plymouth city, the Taranaki peak and sugar loaf islands.

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Thank Nischal G
Coolangatta, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

Went there after doing a 4hr. walk the day before at Mt. Taranaki so not sure if I was up to going up to the top but as it turned out it was quicker than I expected. Great views from the top so only a short stay there before scrambling back down.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

Lovely time here, nice on a good day. Great views and family enjoyed it. Saw others climbing up the Rock so if you are fit and not scared of heights the view from the top would be amazing.

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Westport, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

This was well worth doing. A steep climb to a stunning lookout point with interesting bits of grafitti en route (encouraging a previous climber lol). Need to be more agile than really fit as there are some steep bits where you are assisted by chains to haul yourself up. Amazing views of city, the mount, along the coast and out... More 

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Thank Richard N
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

We have lived in New Plymouth for a long time and finally claimed Paritutu Rock. Fantastic views of our city. The climb is not for the faint hearted, sleep climb up rocks but worth the challenge. Enjoy

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Great view of coast, city and car racing from the top of the rock. The climb was a little challenging at the top, but coming down was way easier backward holding the wire rope while finding foothold. A must to do.

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Thank Jackie H
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

Good place to go and explore especially when the tide is out as you can get to the island. but keep an eye on the incoming tide as you may get stranded until the tide goes out again.

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