This was an exceptional trip and we stayed in lovely camping grounds at Stratford, 1/2 hours drive from New Plymouth and 15 minutes away from Mt Taranaki.
I was told that you can drive half way up the Mountain and see a magnificent view. So we went and found it. These are the pictures I took with my camera. The wind was icy cold and chilled the bones while I went out of the car to take pictures and didn’t go far from the parking lot. Not that there was a lot of cars about. I think we were the only ones there.
New Plymouth is 5 hours drive south of Auckland and is well off the visit, even if it is off the beaten track . I loved this area on sight. The scenery is beautiful and the people are very friendly.