Mount Taranaki, Egmont National Park

#2 of 31 in Parks in Taranaki Region
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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  • July 30, 2017
    Small passage in the region. Too bad that time did lend... The site is welcoming.
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  • June 29, 2017
    We took our two year old to the view platform and it's an astounding view! Due to the fog we couldn't see much of the mountain itself. Very quiet and only saw 1 other person up there.  more »
  • June 25, 2017
    Lots of ways and places to enjoy this mountain, depending on your level of fitness. There are easy walks and very challenging walks. Worth checking out with the DOC to see what's available.  more »

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