Mount Taranaki, Egmont National Park

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#1 of 8 in Nature in Taranaki Region
Must see · Mountain · Nature / Park
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Mount Taranaki and many more Egmont National Park attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Egmont National Park trip planner.
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  • Your fitness and balance will be tested climbing the scouria and rock which is the last third of the climb in meters but will take you about half the time of your climb. And then you need to get down....  more »
  • A great event, well coordinated by the Taranaki Alpine Club. The guides are very encouraging, supportive and set a pace to match the group. Well worth doing and a real buzz getting to the top (and...  more »
  • A hidden gem in New Zealand. Ice tip mountain (of course in winter only) near the beach. Not sure why people are not talking about this place much. Just a few hours' drive from Auckland.  more »
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  • Magnificent Mt Taranaki! Had an experienced climbing this mount for a day. That was an extreme challenge for myself. It has medium to advance hiker capacity. If you can’t manage to climb for a day (up & down) better spend a night at the hut to regain more energy for the next day climb.
  • Beautiful and sensational mountain. I refer Mt. Taranaki as the sister/brother of Mt. Fuji. This was the volcano that was used in the film Samurai warrior starring Tom Cruise. If you keen, you could even walk up inside the top of the volcano. On the crater itself. It will take you several hours but once you’re inside, it’s just amazing! The view and the snow. Make sure you check the weather and bring suitable clothing, food and water. If you just want a nice stroll, there are other nature walks and also the visitor centre is a nice place to was about the history.
  • Mount Taranaki is sensational, and while there are two entrances, I recommend you enter from Stratford which is a longer distance from New Plymouth but worth the drive. When you arrive to the highest point by car, the ideal way to get higher is to walk and do some skiing while you're at it. The views are amazing and the feeling of being up there is great!
  • The mountain. If you are going to bow your head make sure it is to a mighty Mountain . Taranaki is a mighty mountain . He does not need mountain in front of his name. He is the mountain. I felt honoured to see the top after 8 days of being in cloud. The flight from New Plymouth travels on the east side and the cloud parted. Take the window seat. Kia ora.
  • It looks just wonderful covered in snow

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