Taranaki is home to great surf, spectacular gardens, a mystic mountain, iron sand beaches, along with industries ranging from petroleum and gas through to dairying. Its understated charm and eclectic mix of cultures and contemporary style today belies the turbulent Taranaki Land Wars of the 1860s.
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Hurworth was a settlement established near New Plymouth in the 1850s. Of the six houses in the settlement four were destroyed in the New Zealand Wars and another lost to fire. Built in 1855-56 by pioneer settler and future four-time Premier of New Zealand, (Sir) Harry Atkinson, this modest cottage (also christened Hurworth) is the only remaining building of the small Taranaki settlement that flourished during the 1850s.