About Taranaki

The Taranaki region, on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island, is midway between Auckland and Wellington. The region is New Zealand’s premier centre of applied and heavy engineering, home to up to 200 specialist engineering-related manufacturing, fabrication, design and support companies.

The region is home to all of New Zealand’s proven oil and gas reserves and is a leading centre of dairy production and innovation. Taranaki’s port is the only deep-water export port along the western seaboard, the closest to Australia of all of New Zealand’s ports.

Taranaki’s engineering sector has become internationally recognised for its innovation, sophistication, and cost effectiveness. The sector has delivered some of the world's most logistically and technically challenging projects on time and on budget.

Taranaki boasts a comprehensive service and transport infrastructure, which has been developed to meet the needs of the agricultural, dairy, engineering and oil and gas industries, and includes a heavy haul route direct to the port. Direct road and rail transport routes link Taranaki to other centres throughout New Zealand, and New Plymouth airport offers frequent daily direct airline services to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Taranaki also features sophisticated, non-destructive testing and inspection facilities, corrosion protection expertise, and state of the art surveying services. Through partnership with the local tertiary education institution, Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, there is an increasing capacity locally for industry specific research and development.

Behind its history of innovation, Taranaki also boasts a fantastic lifestyle. Its main centre of New Plymouth was judged the Best City in New Zealand by North and South magazine, and the Best Small City in the World by the 2008 United Nations backed Liveable Communities Awards.