Not only is there plenty to do in the weekends and after work, there’s the time to do it. Short commutes to work either by car or using the network of scenic walking and riding routes means there’s plenty of time to enjoy Taranaki’s great lifestyle. There might even be time for a lunchtime surf or a chance to catch the kids’ school events!

In Taranaki it's easy to achieve an enviable lifestyle without having to compromise your career. Home to strong energy and dairy sectors, robust engineering and primary production, and rapidly growing tourism and events sectors, Taranaki is a dynamic and globally acclaimed region for employment. And what’s more, Taranaki has the highest median wage growth in New Zealand. Couple that with our affordable housing and you not only have time to enjoy a great work-life balance you may even be able to afford to take up some new hobbies.

Whatever brought you to Taranaki, the region will impress you, inspire you and get under your skin.

A fine balance

A fine balance

When Hayden and Charlotte Shearman discovered it was costing them $50 a week more than they were earning to live in Auckland, they knew something needed to change.

From Wellington to Warea

From Wellington to Warea

Scrolling through the internet looking at dream houses is something most young couples do. But following through and purchasing in a place where you only know one or two people; - that’s a bit more unusual.

A career without the commute

A career without the commute

Horse lovers Laine and Alicia Cameron were keen to trade their long and expensive commutes in Auckland for a more relaxed rural life in Taranaki. But first, they decided to ponder the finer details of their move with a six-month trip around Europe.

In at the deep end

In at the deep end

Before Anna Stevenson’s husband got a job in New Plymouth, she had never been anywhere near the Taranaki region. When asked if she wanted to pay a visit before he committed to the job, she said “if we go, we go for real!”