For sure Mount Taranaki is instantly recognisable and, cloud permitting, seen places in Taranaki Many visitors to Taranaki , however, neglect to see Mount Taranaki from Lake Mangamahoe - a 10-minute drive south of New Plymouth on State Highway 3.
Lake Mangamahoe itself is home to walkways, a bridleway and picnic areas. Although I'm only a visitor (albeit a regular one) to Taranaki - it's clear that Lake Mangamahoe is a fine place indeed for a secluded cup of coffee or some sandwichs during a break or a spot of lunch.
Either way Lake Mangamahoe is well worth popping in to - even if it's for a 10-minute driving break to stretch your legs!
Mt Taranaki - walk down to Dawsons Falls - Video of the walk down to Dawson Falls on Mt Taranaki in New Zealand
Mt Taranaki - drive up to Dawsons Falls - Video of the drive to Dawson Falls on Mt Taranaki in New Zealand
Mt Taranaki - Dawson Falls to Stratford - Video of the drive from Dawson Falls in Egmont National Park to Stratford, Taranaki
New Plymouth - a trip to Puke Ariki - Day trip to Puke Ariki in New Plymouth, New Zealand
New Plymouth - a visit to the Govett Brewster Art Gallery - Day trip to the Govett Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth, New Zealand
Taranaki - drive from Pukeiti Gardens to New Plymouth - Video of the drive from Pukeiti Gardens to New Plymouth
En route to New Plymouth - New Zealand travelogue for November 2007, covering Taranaki on the North Island and a trip around South Island
New Plymouth - bridge of Pukekura Park - Poets Bridge at the main lake at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth
Mt Egmont and King Edward Park - Mt Egmont seen from the King Edward Park playing fields in Stratford
New Zealand - places not to miss - Recommended places to visit in and around New Zealand
Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook