Location & Climate

Our Location


New Plymouth Boys’ High School has been educating boys in New Plymouth since 1882.  New Plymouth is located on the west coast of the North Island, halfway between New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, and New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland. The district of 76,000 people is located in the region of Taranaki and beside the beautiful Mt Taranaki.

This is a region with a blend of natural beauty, attractions and activities and is becoming more well-known with an increasing number of visitors. It is described as ‘real New Zealand’ and presents a holiday destination with something for everyone.

A region well-known to tourists for:

  1. Mount Taranaki – majestic and inspiring.
  2. Surfing – some of the best surf in the country.
  3. White Cliffs coastline – spectacular scenery.
  4. Gardens – the region’s gardens have earned an international reputation.
  5. Artists – see what you can find in galleries and studios, including the new Len Lye Gallery.
  6. Adventure Pursuits – outdoor activities to thrill most people.
  7. Events – there is quite a mix and always something on.

Taranaki is also well known for its dairy farming and the production of oil and gas. The school is located in central New Plymouth, only a short walk from the city’s beaches and a 35-minute drive to the region’s mountain.


Our Climate

All year round there is something to see and do. In the winter you can ski on Mount Taranaki and in the summer the beaches, streams and walking tracks are very popular.

The best months to visit Taranaki are from December through January, February and into April. While the weather can change most days, over those months, the temperature tends to be pleasantly warm. New Plymouth has a moist,  temperate climate.

Summer average  temperature: 22 degrees

Winter average  temperature: 14 degrees

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