Discover the Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutu Rock
Discover the Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutu Rock

Discover the Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutu Rock

Are you looking for a coastal visit to see some of the most beautiful reefs and islands in the country? Why not bring your family and friends to explore the Sugar Loaf Islands and the surrounding area, including Paraitut Rock! If you are feeling up for the challenge then why not try and climb to the summit of Paritutu?

What is significant about the Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutu rock?

Paritutu and the Sugar Loaf Islands are the remnants of a huge volcano that was active almost two million years ago!

The Sugar Loaf Islands, found off the coast of New Plymouth, are the eroded stumps of what used to be an ancient volcanic crater. Above the surface of the water, you can spot 7 islands and multiple reefs. Underneath the water’s surface, there are magnificent cliffs, canyons, boulder reefs and sand expanses! The waters that surround the islands are home to at least 90 species of fish, over 30 species of sea sponge and multiple other species of sea organisms, making it a great area to try and spot some wildlife!

Standing guard on the eastern end of New Plymouth’s harbour is Paritutu Rock, which is also another volcanic remnant! There is a walking track that leads you to the top beginning on the northern side. Although it may be a struggle to make it to the top, the views are spectacular and definitely worth the climb, as they overlook the entire New Plymouth coastline, city, port and Sugar Loaf Islands!

  • Paritutu trail can be challenging for children and older visitors as there are loose rocks
  • Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear if climbing
  • Plenty of places to eat and drink in surrounding are of New Plymouth

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