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Book a New Plymouth car rental with VroomVroomVroom and explore the North Island. We compare car rentals across New Zealand from top suppliers. These include Budget, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty and Europcar. A car rental in Plymouth is the best way to explore the region. 

New Plymouth is a vibrant city on the west coast of the North Island. The Taranaki region featured in Lonely Planets 'Best in Travel' publication.  Taranaki is one of the hottest visitor regions in the world. Temperatures can get chilly when the colder winds blow in from the Tasman Sea. 

Why book a car hire in New Plymouth at VroomVroomVroom?

Booking a rental car in New Plymouth with us gives you the freedom to explore the North Island. Other advantages of booking with us include:

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Best time to visit New Plymouth

When in New Plymouth, you will experience an oceanic climate. It is often sunny and temperate. February is the driest month, while the coolest month is August. On average, the months January, February and March have nice weather. If you don't like too much rain, avoid visiting New Plymouth in July as this is the wettest month. Most rainfall occurs from March to December.

Driving tips in New Plymouth

Are you planning a road trip from Auckland to New Plymouth? The approximate travel time is 4 hours and 34 minutes (361 km) via State Highway 3 and State Highway 1. With a reliable car rental, it is easy to explore the beautiful North Island.

Driving to New Plymouth will take you through some unique spots. These include the beautiful baiting village of Mokau. In New Plymouth, you are always aware of the brooding Mt Taranaki. It is often shrouded in cloud.

Exploring New Plymouth has never been this easy

Dominated by the mystical Mt Taranaki, New Plymouth is a vibrant city which is part of the 10th biggest district in New Zealand. Hiring a car with VroomVroomVroom is the ideal way to explore this territory. Ever wanted to go surfing and snowboarding in the same day without a big drive in between? Well, having a car rental in New Plymouth makes that very dream possible.  Use our travel guide to help you get the best out of this city.


Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

Address: Queen St, New Plymouth 4310

When Lonely Planet named Taranaki as the second best region in the world to visit in 2017, they singled out this public gallery in New Plymouth as one of the compelling reasons to go there. The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is  a contemporary art museum of the Pacific Rim. In July 2015, it opened the Len Lye Centre as an addition to the gallery. Len Lye was a pioneer of experimental film and kinetic sculpture, and considered one of the most original artists of the 20th century. Visitors can enjoy both venues in a shared and flexible structure. The art museum houses a state-of-the-art cinema, exhibitions changing three times a year, workshops, tours, talks, venue hire, family and kids' art-making and a shop for something a little bit different. Admission to the combined centre and gallery is free. They are open 6 days a week, and closed on Tuesdays. 

Mt. Taranaki

This natural wonderland is filled with native trees, local fauna and flora on display offering a place where you can relax and enjoy yourself. With plenty of street parking available, you can leave the rental car with peace of mind and get out to explore the 52 hectares of bush reserve and gardens that fill the heart of New Plymouth. The park adjoins the Bowl of Brooklands, a performance venue, and the Brookland's Zoo. The park is the setting for two of New Plymouth's most popular events, the TSB Festival of Lights, held each December and January, and the Womad Festival, in March. 

New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

This is an award winning 12.7 km path from the sea edge of Pioneer Park at the Port of Taranaki that goes all the way to Bell Block Beach. Along the way you can cross the stunning Te Rewa Rewa bridge, and admire the Wind Wand by artist Len Lye. 


King and Queen Hotel Suites

Address: Corner of King and Queen Streets, New Plymouth 4310

The name says it all, you're guaranteed to feel like royalty at this location. Ranked #1 of the 30 hotels in New Plymouth, you must see for yourself what all the fuss is about. Its great central location makes a handy base to park your rental car and explore the city centre on foot. Make sure you get online to make your booking at Wotif.co.nz

Ariki Backpackers

Located across the road from the city centre and half a block from the coach terminal, Ariki Backpackers makes for a perfect location to base your stay while you explore New Plymouth's city attractions. This place is ideal if you're traveling on a budget as they do not only provide a spotless environment and top customer service accommodation, but their prices are also very affordable, so you can enjoy more of New Zealand.


Kathakali Restaurant

When individuals of native descent to this cuisine rave of its authenticity, it's not surprising that it's ranked #1 of the 103 restaurants in New Plymouth. Kathakali Restaurant is the receiver of Tripadvisor's "Certificate of Excellence" award in 2014. If you're looking for an international food experience, Kathakali is definitely the way to go.

Table Restaurant

Address: 71 Brougham St, New Plymouth 4310

Not one for international spice and Asian flavours? How about New Plymouth's award winning fine dining restaurant? With a luxurious, airy, modern and spacious atmosphere and food of the highest quality, flavour and technique, you certainly won't be disappointed. 

Must see Annual Events in New Plymouth

Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular 28 October to 6 November 2016

One of New Plymouth's signature events, full schedule published on July 20th. Public gardens and private gardens open to the public over 10 days. Also features workshops, speakers, cooking, fashion. Book your accommodation and hire car well in advance! 

Womad - March 17-19 2017

This family friendly festival brings the best of music from all around the world for 3 days of magic in a beautiful location, the Bowl of Brooklands. As well as the music, there are workshops, a children's area, street food, markets and art installations. Part of the fun is camping in the adjoining racecourse, to soak up the maximum atmosphere. Womad has been based in New Plymouth for 12 years, part of a family of festivals that has seen 160 events staged in 27 countries. 

TSB Bank Festival of LightsVoted the "Best Established Community Event" in New Zealand - New Zealand Association of Event Professionals!

Every year commencing mid December to early February, the Pukekura Park becomes a world of magic and wonder as the natural green trees turn into dazzling colours of the rainbow, the sweet whistle of the birds is accompanied with music and dance, the empty grass fields are filled with children and their families enjoying scavenger hunts, magician shows, twilight movies and much, much more. This is an event not to be missed while visiting New Plymouth in summer.

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