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Taranaki


Nurse in New Zealand: Taranaki

Nurses will read that this area was initially settled by the Maori who were attracted to its warm irons and beaches, rich soil, prolific wildlife and venerable sleeping mountain. A nurse would observe that this is quite the opposite to the European pioneers keen to secure a piece of fertile country for farming.

Populated by descendants of ancient Maori through to early immigrants from Britain, Ireland, Poland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, China, India and many other countries, Taranaki is an ideal blend of New Zealand’s past, present and future.

Well known for their friendly attitude the locals are very welcoming. Also doctors and nurses can join the power walkers along New Plymouth’s coastal walkway. Also to be enjoyed is the contemporary food and entertainment, plus a glimpse into New Zealand’s energy future via Taranaki’s fast-paced oil and gas industries.

Taranaki is not just a place where cows lactate in the midday sun and oilrigs spring up suddenly from lush green paddocks. It’s also a destination of rich arts and crafts, adrenaline-fuelled outdoor activities, spicy lattes overlooking the sea, quaint country hotels, large-scale music events, invigorating walks and mountain trails.

Stretching from Mokau in the north to Waitotara in the south and Whangamomona in the east, the Taranaki coastline takes in more than 200km of swimming, walking, surfing, diving, kayaking, fishing and exploring opportunitiesoffering everything from ancient Maori cave carvings at Tongaporutu, the Sugar Loaf Marine Reserve off New Plymouth and popular Opunake Beach with its annual carnival, to Patea’s clash of river and sea, the majestic White Cliffs at Pukearuhe, and desolate foam-edged swimming beaches than seem to stretch forever.