New Plymouth, New Zealand - Just Like Oregon, USA
As I approach my upcoming New Zealand trip, I find myself reminiscing about our last little adventure. Our travels led us from Cambridge on the North Island, South West to New Plymouth by way of Lake Taupo.
The imposing Mount Taranaki volcano and the quaintness of the seaside buildings, reminded us immediately of Oregon, USA.
It was like having Mt Hood and Cannon Beach all in one place. Of course, just add the super friendly New Zealander's and you have the perfect little get away.
The State Hotel, an absolutely gorgeous quaint boutique hotel on Devon Street right in the heart of New Plymouth was our home for the next two nights.
|The Common Sitting room in The State Hotel, Devon Street, New Plymouth|
|Hallway to our room, State Hotel|
|The entrance to The State Hotel and our bedroom.|
We found the perfect little Vegan/Vegetarian restaurant for dinner, Loving Hut, just down the street from the hotel. The food was not only fabulous but extremely reasonably priced which is my favourite kind!
Breakfast at Elixir Cafe was good but expensive. Yes, eating and drinking was somewhat a theme this trip!
Walking off our breakfast, we headed up the hill towards the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery | Len Lye Centre for some artistic inspiration. The perfect morning for a writer, an artist and a photographer!
|Old Meets New The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and The Snug Lounge|
|Always something to admire when you walk the streets of New Plymouth, many of the buildings have fantastic art on them.|
Just a little east on Devon Street, we enjoyed a fabulous breakfast at The Federal Store. One of our favourite spots. If I were a local, I think this would be a regular fave.
Our lovely friend took us for a coast drive. We climbed a giant rock (well I got half way), slid down a giant sand dune, walked along the beach with black sand, walked through a forest with giant trees and ended at a winery with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc overlooking the ocean.
You may be interested in other related posts such as a visit to Hobbiton which is very close to Sakura and a must do on your visit; Cambridge, the closest town; Sakura's yoga retreat; the glorious Blue Springs which are also close to Sakura.
Sakura - Yoga Retreat and Health Spa
Cambridge - Not What We Expected!
Hobbiton Movie Set - A Definite New Zealand Must Do
Blue Spring - Te Waihou Walkway
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Nina Beilby is a professional photographer and photography educator based in Chatswood, Sydney, Australia. You can see more of her work at www.ninabeilby.com.au.
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