- Egmont National Park
- Maketawa Hut, 16 bunks
- North Egmont Visitor Centre
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 the North Egmont Visitor Centre, take the North Egmont Summit Track, which follows the 4WD access route to the Tahurangi TV tower.
After 60-90 minutes, the track reaches a signposted junction, where a wooden seat provides excellent views of the mountain.
From there, the track descends through stunted forest to Maketawa Hut. The following day, take the Maketawa Track through moss-wreathed goblin forest. Tell the kids they're in Mirkwood.