Mount Taranaki, Egmont National Park

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Renowned for its eye-catching symmetry, snow-capped Mount Taranaki stands as one of the country's most active volcanoes. Reaching to a height of 2,518 m (8,261 ft) above sea level, the mountain plays an important role in Maori lore: that of a heartbroken lover, banished to the coast by a bitter rival, hiding its tears with a cloudy shroud. Head for the surrounding park to explore a wide array of walking trails of a varying lengths, taking you through lush forest, past waterfalls, and over rocky foothills. You can even try to summit the mountain yourself, though keep in mind that you'll need sufficient equipment, preparation, and fitness level to go safely. The mountain's weather can be extremely volatile, so dress warmly and bring along something rainproof even on a sunny day. Use our Egmont National Park trip itinerary maker to visit Mount Taranaki on your trip to Egmont National Park, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Mountain is worth a visit. Don't give up even if it is cloudy. Weather changes quickly. Dawson fall is awesome.  more »
  • We drive out from New Plymouth to the falls some50 kilometres but well worth it. Little bit of a walk from the parking area but not too hard, the falls had plenty of water coming down and the vegetati...  more »
  • Driving to the Mount which you can see for miles is a must see. Unfortunately on the day we visited there was low cloud cover. We did one of the walks to the waterfall which was very much worth it. Pl...  more »