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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  • It is possible to view the volcano from all possible directions, depending on how much time you have and how do you want to drive through and go round the national park. You can take short or longer walks to and "on" volcano. We selected the "Veronica Loop Track", which is a reasonable compromise, but even so, you can get a little short of breath.
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  • loved the hiking here, some excellent trails, well sign-posted and excellent staff at the visitors' centre. 
  • We have 7 weeks in New Zealand, we have done more than 20 trekking all over the country and this has certainly been the best of all. We have done the longest trekking can be done on the volcano Taranaki, called "Holly Hut" take 7 hours more or less to make it. The day was spectacular, or a cloud, crisp views, and a Sun that accompanied us throughout the tour. The day before we did the "Veronica Loop" of 1.5 hours and not worth. We recommend sleeping in the parking lot of the DOC and leave about 7.30 in the morning.
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