Surf Highway 45

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Exploring New Zealand's off the radar Taranaki region
Located on the western edge of New Zealand's North Island, the Taranaki region is less visited by travelers than other parts of the country, but the combination of a wonderfully symmetrical volcanic cone and a cavalcade of surf beaches make it worthy of a road-trip exploration. Dubbed Surf Highway 45, the meandering route south from New Plymouth to Hawera features the ever-present profile of Mt Taranaki and the opportunity to explore down quiet side roads to ruggedly spectacular bays pounded by Tasman Sea surf. Fascinating highlights include the skeletal 1903 shipwreck of the SS Gairloch and the Cape Egmont Lighthouse, first erected in 1865.
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State Highway 45, Taranaki, New Zealand