Taranaki is highly valued as a recreational facility.
Not only does it offer the sheltered Ngamotu Beach,
but also picnic and play areas where visitors can park
and watch the port in action.
lee breakwater is heavily used as a base for fishing
and pleasure boating. There are excellent facilities
including a substantial mooring area and space for parking
of vehicles and trailers.
A special jetty has also been built for use by youngsters
fishing for sprats.
The increasing popularity of the lee breakwater as a
place to visit is reflected in the growth of various
tourist attractions ranging from a
and a business offering cruises out around the offshore
islands where seals bask and play.