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Extra Activities

Extra Curricular Activities

for Saturday 1st March 2014

While your cars are parked in the New Plymouth CBD during the AmeriCARnival we thought we would offer you the opportunity to see a bit more of what Taranaki has to offer.  Below are a few options that we have put together for you, from high flying helicopter adventures to taking in our coastal walkway on foot or bike, swimming at the beach or strolling through our beautiful parks.


Taking in the breathtaking & diverse scenery of Taranaki by helicopter, from the rugged coastline to the one of the most symmetrical volcanic cones in the world, is a MUST DO!   Heliview is locally owned and operated and are the people to see.

Heliview are offering you the opportunity to book your flight during the AmeriCARnival on Saturday 1st March.  They will pick you up from the New Plymouth CBD, take you to where you depart and drop you back after your flight. 

Here’s what you don’t want to miss out on…….

Surf Highway & City Helicopter Flight – 18 min flight time - $189.00 per person
Sweep across the stunning Taranaki coastline and thundering west coast beaches as you depart Breakwater Bay and head along the famous Surf Highway for the coastal village of Oakura – peeking out at Paritutu Rock, the Sugar Loaf Islands and Back Beach along the way. Admire the sculpted cliff tops carved out by the Tasman Sea as you overlook our iconic black-sand beaches and boulder banks. Sneak a glimpse of Egmont National Park as you climb over the Kaitake Ranges before heading back towards New Plymouth for a quick sweep over the cityscape.


City Surf & Summit helicopter Flight – 36 min flight time - $299.00 per person
Explore iconic Surf Highway 45 as you depart from Breakwater Bay and head towards the charming coastal village of Oakura. Peek out at Paritutu Rock, the Sugar Loaf Islands and marvel at black sand beaches along the way. Discover the beauty of Stony River and the mighty Pouakai and Kaitake ranges as you make your way over Egmont National Park towards majestic Mount Taranaki.


Cost:  As indicated above
Time:  To be confirmed.  Weather dependent.
Booking:  Pre-booking is essential.  Email or phone 06 7590027
Payment:  To be made directly to Heliview on the day


Chaddy's Charters

Discover Breakwater Bay with Chaddy’s Charters as you tour the offshore marine park in a restored English lifeboat.  Chaddy the captain has many tales to tell along the way as you take in the seals and marine life that live on the Sugar Loaf Islands.  Chaddy’s is located to the westernend of the Coastal Walkway.  We will pre book a taxi van to collect you from the New Plymouth CBD; your return can either be via taxi or you may wish to walk back into the CBD via the Coastal Walkway – approx 20 minute walk.

Chaddy's Charters

Cost:  $30.00 per person + taxi fare each way (cost to be confirmed closer to the time)
Time:  To be confirmed - This is tidal and weather dependent
Payment:  To made directly to Chaddy’s Charters and Taxi Company on the day
Booking:  Pre booking is essential.  Email or phone 06 7590027


Bryce Barnett's Car Collection

A very rare opportunity has been made available for you to visit the car collection of Bryce Barnett.  Bryce’s collection of over 20 American and British cars & bikes is situated on the out skirts of town and is set amongst several acres of beautifully manicured grounds.  Bryce’s prized possession, an extremely rare Cord which has been fully restored, will also be onsite for you to view.  As you arrive you will be welcomed by Bryce himself along with his car Caretaker.  So grab some lunch, jump on the bus and head out for some car viewing and a lovely picnic in this tranquil setting.

Cost:  $20.00 per person
Time:  10:45am departing the New Plymouth CBD returning at 1:00pm
Payment:  Must be made to Americarna at the Registration Centre
Booking: Pre booking is essential and spaces are limited.  Email or phone 06 7590027 now to ensure you don’t miss out.


Below are a few alternative options that will keep you closer to the CBD and give the kids plenty to do to burn off some energy.......


Explore our walkways.....
From the CBD there are a number of scenic walkways that showcase the city. The award winning New Plymouth Coastal Walkway is a great place to start, and can be explored on foot or on a pedal powered ‘Wind Wanderer’ or bike which can be rented from the Wind Wand sculpture adjoining the CBD. The Te Henui and Huatoki walkways head inland, and are great for a midday run, cycle or stroll.


...our parks and gardens...
The beautiful Pukekura Park is just a 10-minute walk from the CBD and is worth taking time to explore. It has a popular kiosk providing a range of refreshments, a great playground and numerous walks around lakes and other botanical highlights.

....or our swimming spots
A 10-minute walk from the CBD leads to the city’s waterfront Aquatic Centre, a must do for those with children. If you’re feeling more adventurous, head right at the wind wand to East End or Fitzroy beaches for a swim in the legendary Taranaki surf.

...or some local history and culture
On the waterfront is Puke Ariki, the district’s combined museum, library and i-SITE visitor information centre. Here you’ll discover the natural and human history of New Plymouth and its surround. Also worth checking out is the Real TArt Gallery (short for Taranaki Art), just around the corner, and the array of boutique art and design stores throughout the CBD.

Sample our must eats and drinks in town...
New Plymouth’s bustling central business district offers a stunning array of vibrant cafes, bars and restaurants. From award-winning cafes serving locally-roasted coffee to friendly pubs to a wide range of dining options, there’s bound to be something to whet your appetite.


Pukekura Park

Puke Ariki - I Site

If you have any further questions regarding the above options, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Phone the office on 06 7590027 or email Toni on