Nice Hotel and Table Restaurant Visit
Pete And Monique In New Plymouth
Recently we, Monique and Pete, went on a lovely trip down to New Plymouth which is out on the West Coast of the North Island about 4.5 hrs drive from Auckland.
In short, we loved the place, the hotel was amazing, the staff were amazing and we had the chance for Monique to interview Terry Parks the owner.
New Plymouth District is located in the region of Taranaki, which is on the west coast of the North Island. It covers land from Mokau to Okato and includes the city of New Plymouth, the towns of Waitara, Inglewood, Urenui, Okato, Bell Block and Oakura, and many other smaller rural communities.
New Plymouth District has an estimated population of 74,000. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the Taranaki region is around $5.3 billion, which has grown steadily over recent quarters. New Plymouth District is a mix of diverse cultures and contemporary styles and is becoming a popular region for visitors, businesses, migrants, refugees and their families.
Taranaki is the second largest dairy farming region in New Zealand. Dairy farming is Taranaki’s primary industry, with other significant industries being heavy and light engineering, manufacturing, horticulture and tourism. New Plymouth is also the centre of New Zealand’s oil, gas and petrochemical industry, producing the bulk of New Zealand’s petroleum and petrochemical products and contributing billions to the nation’s economy.
The district is also known for its rugged coastline, world class surfing spots, fertile farming land, major events and, of course, the majestic Mt Taranaki (also known as Mt Egmont). The district offers numerous activities: Whether it is enjoying a coffee in one of the many cafes, swimming at one of the black-sand beaches, wandering along the 10km Coastal Walkway or browsing through Puke Ariki (a fully-integrated museum and library) or taking part in a wide range of sports.
Diversity is celebrated in New Plymouth District. It is a safe, welcoming and community-orientated place to live.
What follows is an interview with Terry Parks the owner of Nice Hotel.