Ep17: Hello Tasmania and Hello Taranaki


On this edition of Kiwi Tripsters, it’s the double T’s. Hello Tasmania and Hello Taranaki. We delve into New Plymouth’s artisan scene, take a trip down the Surf Highway and discover the museums in Hawera. Across the ditch, with the bubble well and truly open, enjoy a taste of Tassie.

Cape Egmont Lighthouse
Cape Egmont Lighthouse; Photo: Rob Tucker

Artisans of New Plymouth. You could dedicate an entire holiday in New Plymouth to eating and drinking, because their arsenal of dynamic craft producers is so extensive, from Juno Gin to Shing Peak Brewing.

Shining Peak Brewery, New Plymonth
Shining Peak Brewery. Photo: Mike Yardley

When you’ve had your fill of New Plymouth, South Taranaki is chocca with attractions. Take a drive south on the Surf Highway. It’s such a banger of a drive tootling down that glittering Highway 45, strung with a necklace of such sweet and salty villages, including Ōakura and Opunake,  all the way down to Yarrows Bakery in Manaia and across to Hawera. We profile some of the characters you can meet along the way.

Gavin Giles chocolatier. Taranaki
Gavin Giles chocolatier. Photo, Mike Yardley

With the two-way Tasman bubble up and running, one of the silver linings to Covid is the launch of direct services between New Zealand and Tasmania.  We profile the gateway city of Hobart, which is a little bit Wellington, a little bit Dunedin.

MONA, Hobart
MONA, Hobart. Photo: Mike Yardley

A taste of Tassie. Beyond Hobart, we highlight some of Tasmania’s unforgettable attractions and experiences, from Port Arthur and Cradle Mountain to the Bay of Fires and Launceston. With Air New Zealand starting new, direct flights to Hobart, its been never a better time to book a Tasmania holiday.

Hobart with Mt Wellington
Hobart with Mt Wellington. Photo: Mike Yardley
  • 00:53 Food and Beverage in Taranaki, New Plymoth
  • 07:10 Driving though South Taranaki
  • 14:05 Hello Hobart
  • 21:18 History of Port Arthur, Tasmania

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