- Captain Cook named the mountain Egmont, but the Maori named it Taranaki as it means "peak clear of vegetation" which is far more fitting.
- Taranaki's Rhododendron Festival in late October is well known and very popular. Book early if you can.
- Taranaki's Surf Highway 45 is famous for it's excellent breaks all the way along. Oakura Beach, Stent Rd, Back Beach, Rocky Point and Komene Beach which is best for beginners.
- WOMAD NZ happens every March and is a celebration of all things world music. There's always a phenomenal selection of artists from a variety of genres.
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