Paritutu Rock Walk

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The short 100m climb up Paritutu Rock is well worth the effort, but it’s a steep climb. It’ll only take you around 15mins to reach the top of Paritutu Rock to enjoy the stunning views. Paritutu Rock is an ancient volcano.

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island NZ
        • Distance: 0.10 kms
        • Time needed: 15 Minutes
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: One Way
        • Elevation: 154m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    Stunning views from the top, well worth the short steep climb.

  • Track Quality

    You start off on a wooden staircase for the first 10 minutes, then you are in to a little rock climbing with concrete steps and hand rails to help you out. It is 100 meters straight to the top .

  • Hazards


  • Transport

    You can drive to the start of the steps in your car

  • Water


  • Driving Instructions

    ​The carpark is sign posted off Centennial Drive in New Plymouth, a short drive from the CBD, or walk to it from the Coastal Walkway.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    You are only minutes from down town New Plymouth

  • Area & Track History

    The short climb up Paritutu Rock is well worth the effort. Paritutu Rock and the Sugar Loaf Islands were set aside as a marine reserve in 1986, there is no shortage of fish, sponges and you will see seals out on the Islands. Some people have been lucky enough to see dolphins and whales swimming past the Sugar Loaf Island and Paritutu Rock.

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  • Map location of Paritutu Rock Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Paritutu Rock Summit

It is a steep climb, 100 meters in 15 minutes. If you have bad knees give Paritutu Rock a miss. But the view from the top of Paritutu Rock is well worth the effort. The climb up is very rocky and uneven, but there are chains for you to hold on to, do take a warm coat if the wind is blowing in from the west you will need it.

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