Est. Population: 130,000
The city of New Plymouth is home to 80,000 people with the remaining population spread out rurally across Hawera, Inglewood, Waitara, Stratford, Eltham, and Ōpunake.
This area is often overlooked but is probably New Zealand’s best kept secret as in recent years it was voted “world’s most liveable city (for a population between 75,000-150,000)
Mt Taranaki dominates this region that includes one of New Zealand’s most beautiful national parks. The mountain itself is accessible by road, with multi day walking trails, a river, parks, and reserves. New Plymouth offers west coast beaches on its doorstep, a vibrant and healthy economy, and much more.
The primary industries of agriculture, dairy farming, forestry, fishing, and petroleum industry producing oil and natural gas drive the economy. This produces employment opportunities around the region both in these sectors and the stimulus it brings to all the support industries.For this reason, there is often an abundance of employment opportunity comparative to the region’s size.