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Taranaki, a region of 115,000 residents, is located on the western side of New Zealand's North Island. The dominant physical landmark is Mount Taranaki / Egmont. Its presence helps ensure Taranaki receives a plentiful supply of rain and as a result it is one of the world's premier dairying regions.


In recent times energy has developed as a second major industry. Taranaki is the only area of New Zealand where commercial quantities of oil and gas have been discovered and the presence of these resources has sparked the development of a broad diversity of petrochemical businesses and activities.


The agricultural and energy industries have driven the development of Taranaki's sound commercial and industrial infrastructure. Taranaki's main centre is New Plymouth, a modern city of 60,000 people and the site of the region's port, Port Taranaki.

  • One of the world's premier dairy regions
  • New Zealand's energy centre
  • Well-developed commercial and industrial infrastructure


Intermodal Links

Port Taranaki offers direct road and rail transport linkages to other centres throughout New Zealand. There are rail services to both the north and south and the Taranaki region further accessed by two highways. New Plymouth airport offers frequent scheduled airline services to all major cities and towns, primarily Auckland and Wellington.

  • Taranaki also has ready access to the South Island via coastal shipping and interisland ferry services.
  • Direct road and rail linkages
  • Frequent airline connections 

Land Transport

Distance in kms Road Rail
Auckland 357 467
Gisbourne 585 646
Hamilton 231 328
Hawera 78 78
Napier 412 434
Palmerston North 234 254
Rotorua 299 467
Tauranga 308 425
Wanganui 160 175
Wellington 355 391
Whangarei 526 664


Sea Distances from Port Taranaki

Distance in Nautical Miles Sea
Onehunga(Auckland) 143
Nelson 145
Greymouth 251
Lyttleton(Christchurch) 316
Timaru 402
Port Chalmers(Dunedin) 478


Contact Us

  •   Port Taranaki Limited
        Port Taranaki Centre
        2-8 Bayly Road
        PO Box 348
        New Plymouth 4340
        New Zealand
  •   +64 6 7510200
  •   +64 6 7510886
  •   [email protected]

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About Port Taranaki

Port Taranaki is centrally located on the west coast of the North Island and is one of New Zealand 's key import and export ports.

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