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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  • I'd read some reviews of the summit climb on Mount Taranaki, including those that said "Not for the faint-hearted". Picked a day with good weather, packed all the recommended gear in the backpack, and...  more »
  • Visited the Park and went to three different tours starting from the base camp. Really different going into the rainforest and see all the amazing vegetation. We were there on a sunny and dry day, but you have to be careful if it rains!
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  • The dormant volcano was partly snow covered, and partly hidden in clouds. Worth a visit and take the entire track, beautiful birds and forest.  more »