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who wish to see endemic ferns, wetland plants
and native trees.
And even the most outdoorsy travelers
should take a stretching break at Len Lye
Centre. Opened in 2015, Len Lye is New
Zealand’s only museum of contemporary art
and New Plymouth’s most recognizable building. Outside, visitors struggle to get the perfect
shot of the stainless-steel waves that create an
ever-changing re;ection of light and movement. Inside, sculptures swirl, vibrate, shudder
and sway into ;gures and patterns of movement, best experienced on a guided gallery
and exhibition tour.
Leaving Len Lye Centre in a daze, I contin-
ued to Puke Ariki, a white steel, metal, glass
and concrete extravaganza that houses the
local museum. Four permanent exhibitions
cover Taranaki’s natural, geological and
human history, from the earliest Maori settle-
ments to the ;ightless birds that roam New
Zealand’s forests. Additionally, Puke Ariki also
o;ers commissionable historical walks around
the city’s central business district.
For some post-museum fresh air — and
to warm up for my hike around Mount
Taranaki — I set foot on the award-winning
8-mile Coastal Walkway. A fresh breeze
tousled my hair while the grayish-blue Paci;c
Ocean sent crashing white waves to shore, and
runners, cyclists and skaters surrounded me.
A;er an hour, I reached the iconic Te Rewa
Rewa Bridge, which is reminiscent of both a
breaking wave and a whale skeleton.
A;er putting o; the inevitable, I tackled
Pouakai Crossing in wet-weather gear. ;ere
wasn’t a cloud in the sky, but it turned out to be
a strenuous hike. Beautiful and everchanging,
from rainforest to shrubs above the tree line.
On my last look at snowcapped, majestic
Mount Taranaki, I couldn’t help but agree
with Tom Cruise who, when shooting “;e
Last Samurai,” commented on its breathtaking
beauty. He asked, “How could anyone not want
to be here?” X
;e Details: Venture Taranaki ( www.visit.
Consider Top Guides for hikes and
Back 2 the Wild for mountain bike
trips on and around Mount Taranaki.
Planning a spare, bad weather day is