BEACH-PARITUTU BEACH and PARITUTU RESERVE
of the first things you will see when you come to New Plymouth
is the very large rock that sticks out next to the very tall
chimney. The chimney is reserve power station and the rock
is called Paritutu Rock, within the Paritutu Reserve. There
are amazing views from this reserve of the coastline heading
south as well as the Sugar Loaf Islands.
is a beautiful area and great for walks, picnics, time out,
surfing, fishing and exploring the beach.
view of Back Beach and Paritutu Beach from the top of Paritutu
Rock. Back Beach is another great surf spot with many breaks
for all levels of abilities.
for the kids is the sand dune on the southern side of Paritutu
Rock, the kids will love sliding down on cardboard boxes.
Paritutu Beach is also the start or finish of the Traverse
Rock - the entrance and start of the track is on the Northern
side and it takes about 15 minutes to climb.The track is a
hard walk/scramble to the top but the views are spectacular
and well worth the effort. You can see all of the New Plymouth
coastline, city, port, and the Sugar Loaf Islands.
Plymouth wharf with the chimney from the power station and
one of the islands (Motoroa
Island) of the marine reserve in the back ground.