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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  • Many well signposted and marked walks are available - talk to the staff about what is best for you. Beautiful scenery, great walks and nice coffee at the end. I really enjoyed this place and the walks...  more »
  • We did the Maketawa hut round trip in reverse of that suggested in the brochure. I am glad we did it that way. The climb up was relentless steep climb up a 4WD track, but manageable with reasonable fi...  more »
  • Have flown over the volcano on a couple of occasions and thought how amazing it looked from the air. During this visit to NZ we decided to make the trip to New Plymouth to see it closer at hand. It wa...  more »