Walking in New Plymouth District

Walking: A Great Activity For All Ages

Walking can help you keep active, explore the city and get you from A to B. It’s safe, costs nothing (depending if you stop for a coffee or not!) and can be done almost anywhere at any time.

New Plymouth District has a number of walkways including the Coastal Walkway, Barrett Domain Walkway, Te Henui Walkway and Huatoki Walkway, as well as tracks around Lakes Rotomanu and Mangamahoe.

Not only is walking fun and sociable, with the growth of higher density communities, increase in traffic congestion and environmental concerns, walking is becoming important long term sustainable transport option. We combine walking with almost every other method of getting around – getting to and from the bus stop, to complete a trip by car, or we walk the entire route to reach the destination. 

Hints for walkers

  • Find out the weather forecast and dress to the conditions (light, comfortable clothing in summer and warm, waterproof clothing in winter). For longer walks always carry extra clothing for unexpected changes in the weather.
  • Wear comfortable, well-fitting footwear suitable for walking.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. Avoid walking alone in secluded areas.
  • Take some fluids to drink and sunblock in the summer.

Code for care and shared use

  • Respect the plants, wildlife and environment.
  • Have consideration for others on our walkways.
  • Please remove all rubbish you bring with you or use the rubbish bins where provided. 
  • Don’t light fires.
  • Take only photographs and memories.
  • Share with care.

What is Let's Go?

Let's Go is a Council initiative to encourage our community to choose walking, cycling or the bus for short trips instead of the car.

What is a travel plan?

A travel plan manages the travel generated by a group to
reduce the impact on the environment, decrease traffic congestion, save money and improve people's health.

Contact us to find out more about Let's Go and travel planning.