Pouakai via Dover Route, Egmont National Park

The Dover Route climbs 1000m through bush and tussock along a narrow, rocky ridge to reach the highest point on the Pouakai Range – 1400m Pouakai. The Pouakai Range,…

Distance
4.7km
Time
3-4hr to Pouakai
Grade
Moderate/Difficult

Syme Hut, Egmont National Park

Whether you intend to climb to Mt Taranaki’s 2518m summit or just settle for Fanthams Peak (1966m), spending a night at Syme Hut, perched high above the Taranaki lowlands,…

Distance
3.84km
Time
3-4hr
Grade
Moderate

Around the Mountain Circuit, Egmont National Park

This circumnavigation of Mt Egmont/Taranaki has a bit of everything, from stream crossings to a waterfall, native forest to alpine tussock, solitude and unbeatable views.  Our family adventure began…

Distance
46km
Time
North Egmont to Kapuni Lodge, 8hr; To Waiaua Gorge Hut, 8hr; To Kahui Hut, 4hr; To Holly Hut, 5hr; To North Egmont, 3.5hr
Grade
Moderate/Difficult

Lake Dive Hut, Egmont National Park

The slopes of Taranaki have long drawn adventurers. One day in 1887, a party led by Thomas Dawson (after whom Dawson Falls is named) ascended the subsidiary cone known…

Distance
13km (round trip)
Time
Upper Lake Dive Track, 4-5hr; Lower Lake Dive Track, 3hr
Grade
Moderate

Waingongoro Hut, Egmont National Park

Situated in a small clearing in a goblin forest, Waingongoro Hut provides unimpeded views of the toothed peak of Mt Taranaki 1600m above, and a night halfway up the iconic...

Distance
3.08km
Time
1hr
Grade
Easy

Henry Peak, Egmont National Park

Iconic Taranaki views On a clear day, Henry Peak in Egmont National Park is a memorable destination for strong hikers. Over the course of three heart-pounding hours, you’ll climb…

Distance
7.47km to Henry Peak
Time
To Pouakai Hut, 1.5-2hr; To Pouakai, 60min
Grade
Moderate

Rerekapa Hut, Moki and Makino Conservation Areas

Toasting marshmallows on a cold night A mid-winter hiking adventure also happened to the first overnight tramp for our children Will (5) and Holly (3). We had settled on…

Distance
2.9km one way
Time
90min
Grade
Easy

Pouakai Crossing via Kokowai Track, Egmont National Park

In just a few meandering hours on the Pouakai Crossing, a melange of wild landscapes is unravelled; subalpine shrublands and flowers, mountain cedar and misty moss-laden ‘goblin’ forests, a…

Distance
17km
Time
7.5-9.5hr
Grade
Moderate

Wilkies Pools, Egmont National Park

With a goblin forest walk to a cascade of pools in an old lava flow, Wilkies Pools is a must-do on Mt Taranaki. The 1-1.5 hour loop seemed manageable…

Distance
2.4km
Time
20min to the pools, 1hr 20min round loop
Grade
Easy

Lake Mangamahoe, Taranaki

Lake Mangamahoe has a well sign-posted 6km circuit that undulates around the lake shore. It passes radiata pine forest, mature ornamental tree plantings, pockets of regenerated native bush and…

Distance
6km
Time
2hr around the lake
Grade
Easy

Mt Taranaki/Egmont from North Egmont, Egmont National Park

Most backcountry enthusiasts understand that Mt Egmont/Taranaki is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. While extremely accessible and straightforward to climb, being so near the coast and being such an…

Distance
5.9k to summit
Time
To Tahurangi Lodge, 2hr; Lodge to summit return, 6hr
Grade
Moderate

Maketawa Hut, Egmont National Park

Three roads penetrate the interior of Egmont National Park, providing access to plenty of tracks. One of the best family-friendly options is the round-trip to Maketawa Hut. Beginning from…

Distance
6.25km total
Time
1.5-2hr each way
Grade
Easy

Moki-Rerekapa Loop, Moki Conservation Area

The Forgotten World highway snakes its way from Taumaranui to Stratford through the Tangarakau Gorge. This is backblocks New Zealand, and the perfect place to lose yourself for a…

Distance
30km
Time
2 days
Grade
Moderate

Pukeiti Gardens, Taranaki

n 1951, Pukeiti Hill was bought by enthusiasts who later formed the Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust, as the area, with its acidic soil, 400m altitude, 3500mm annual rainfall and shelter…

Distance
8km
Time
3-4hr
Grade
Easy

Syme Hut, Egmont National Park

Though it’s a fairly steep tramp, the trip to Syme Hut is relatively easy thanks to staircases that start shortly after passing Hooker Shelter, almost on the halfway mark.…

Distance
4.01km
Time
2-3hr
Grade
Moderate

Pouakai Circuit, Egmont National Park

This tramp strikes the perfect balance between adventure and comfort, making it ideal for the novice and the experienced tramper. This description starts from the car park on Egmont…

Distance
19.5km
Time
3 days
Grade
Easy/Moderate

York Loop Track, Egmont National Park

If you’re interested in local history, spend an afternoon walking along the York Loop Track near the base of Mt Taranaki. The track follows the route of the old…

Distance
6.5km
Time
2-3hr
Grade
Easy

Moki Track, Makino Conservation Area

The Moki Track follows the south bank of the upper Waitara River. The track was once a surveyed road alignment that was to be developed to service the rehabilitation…

Distance
18.2km
Time
8hr
Grade
Moderate

Curtis Falls, Egmont National Park

Starting at an altitude of 1140m, this walk is in an alpine environment so be prepared for sudden changes in weather. The track rises to 1530m over the first…

Distance
13.6km
Time
Full day
Grade
Easy