The name "Kaponga" means "tree ferns used for palisades"
Kaponga is a great place to visit if you love mountains, gardens, hiking, waterskiing and surfing.
There is something for everyone. There are numerous walks for all fitness levels up and around Mt Taranaki, Hollards Gardens is 5 minutes away offering gardens of over 4 hectares of plants and woodland – a relaxing place to visit all year round.
Opunake beach is 15 minutes away and provides a safe environment for swimming and surfing, as well as a children’s paddling pool and great little cafes and shops.
A 25 minute drive will take you to Dawsons Falls where you can walk through lush, native forest to the 18 metre high waterfall. Dawsons Falls visitor centre provides a gateway to the majestic Mount Taranaki in Mt Taranaki National Park offering various walking tracks and mountain viewing platform.
Also great to take time out at the Lakes of Rotokare and Rotorangi, both great for waterskiing or take a picnic and enjoy the native flora and fauna.
If it's is a game of golf you are after, Eltham, Manaia and Normanby all have beautiful courses within a 15min drive of the accommodation.
After a day of exploring, what could be better than returning to the warmth of a cosy fire, a delicious meal, your favourite beverage, then retire to your comfortable room for a well earned rest.
About Kaponga from Wikipedia...
Things to do around Kaponga
Kaponga is a small town in the southern part of the Taranaki region of New Zealand. It is known as "The Gateway to Dawson's Falls" on Mount Taranaki/Egmont. Kaponga is located inland from Manaia and Eltham, and is on the main road connecting Eltham to Opunake. Opunake is 26 kilometres (16 mi) to the west and Eltham is 13 km to the east. Auroa lies to the south-east. Manaia is 15 kilometres (9 mi) south of Kaponga.
The population was 372 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 21 from 2001.
The small town of Kaponga was settled in 1882, and has strong Swiss connections. Some of the first settlers in the area were Swiss, and in 1952, the Taranaki Swiss Club was formed.
The town was once a much larger town than it is today: with many stores. There are only a few shops now, including the Kaponga Dairy, the 4 Square(supermarket), a bed-and-breakfast (Constable Cottage), veterinary services (Coastal Veterinary Services Ltd), RD 1 (another rural supply business) and the Kaponga Hotel (bar). It is also home to a garden of national significance, Hollard Gardens.
There are many other businesses working in and around the village, mainly relying on the booming dairy industry. The Kaponga and surrounding community has a South Taranaki District Council LibraryPlus, which provides a full library service and Council related services. These services include being able to register your dog, pay your rates or inquire about obtaining a building permit. The LibraryPlus also has two APN computers, offering free internet and Skype to the public.