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Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutu Rock

Paritutu Centennial Park, New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Rainy day walk to top

Walked most of the way up, didn’t feel safe to hold on to the chains for the last part of the walk... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
barefootlouise
via mobile
Quirky local wonder lookout but Seniors desist

Drove up to the Rock carpark through the uninspiring industrial locale on a stormy weekend morning... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kiwi_rua
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Paritutu Centennial Park, New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walked most of the way up, didn’t feel safe to hold on to the chains for the last part of the walk. The view was spectacular

Thank barefootlouise
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Drove up to the Rock carpark through the uninspiring industrial locale on a stormy weekend morning. Watched fit young tourists jump out of their campervans and race up to the rock summit, while the wind blew my hat off. Great natural beauty even with force...More

Thank Kiwi_rua
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Its a really good climb there is a few spots that are a little hard with no steps but the chains are helpful. You get amazing views and feel a great achievement when you reach the top. Not ideal on a wet day.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

For someone with a fear of heights, climbing this was a massive achievement. I had attempted it before but only got half way up, to the point where the stairs end and the chain link rope begins, before my fear got the best of me....More

Thank serina29
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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

Wear good shoes, probably keep your hands free as it gets very steep and enjoy the view from the top once you get there. I definitely recommend this climb to anyone visiting New Plymouth. The view from the top of every direction is amazing to...More

Thank Shannii
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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

It takes you about 5-10 minutes to reach the top. If you're slow maybe 15 minutes. The view from the top is the best view of New Plymouth you'll get. And it's an amazing sun set or sun rise. I don't recommend for elderly as...More

Thank Daniel N
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

The walk to the summit should only take about 30-40 minutes. The first two thirds is a steep climb on wooden steps. The final third is made using a solid chain handrail. You do need to wear either trainers or walking shoes to get to...More

Thank venetianintown
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

A challenging walk/climb up Paritutu Rock, not for the faint-hearted but even this fat old lady could do it. Took 12 minutes going up and after a rest and a very quick admire of the scenery (wary of lingering too long in case I chickened...More

Thank MsBlueDaisy
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

If you go to the high spot and look out to the Islands at bird roosting time you will be amazed at the starlings roosting - thousands of them!

Thank GFPensioner
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Only climbed Paritutu which is not for the faint hearted and the last section is very challenging but worth it if you can do it. You must wear sensible footwear though and take water with you too. Sadly the views on the way up are...More

Thank Diana W
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