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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  • something for everyone long walks short stolls plenty of wildlife and birds great visitor center, you dont have to be a mountaineer to enjoy t5he walks 
  • This mountain and national park is very peculiar and beautiful. It stands alone like a volcano among grassy plains and you see it from afar, with snow on top even in the summer. 
  • The North Egmont Visitor Centre is deep into the conservation area for Mt Taranaki, so either a car or an organised tour is required to access it. The centre has excellent interpretive material on the...  more »