https://www.expedia.com/Taranaki.d6047979.Destination-Travel-Guides Taranaki is a region on the west coast of New Zealand’s north island, about a five- hour drive south of Auckland. It is named after the dramatic volcanic mountain that dominates its skyline, and known for its spectacular landscapes. Set against a canvas of endless hiking tracks, pristine surf breaks and world-class skiing, Taranaki is a region where nature and creativity are intimately entwined. Art is everywhere here. It’s in the jaw dropping landscapes. It’s in the art trails and festivals peppered throughout the region. It’s even in the bridges and on the wind.