On the western coast of the North Island of New Zealand, there is a point which sticks out into the Tasman Sea more than the rest. The gas and oil hub for New Zealand, this is the region of Taranaki. Crowned by a near perfect volcano (formerly Mt Egmont, but now Mt. Taranaki) above beautiful rolling farms and windswept beaches, New Plymouth, a quaint town, is the main hub. Why is it amazing? It's beautiful, it's west coast, it's traditional, it's true New Zealand!