Mount Taranaki, Egmont National Park

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#1 of 6 in Nature 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. 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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  • Mount Taranaki is best accessed via the Egmont National Park. This can be accessed by the main road from New Plymouth to Stratford. Even if you just take the drive up to the info centre the view is go...  more »
  • Mount Taranaki has been on my NZ to do list since well before I arrived. It is absolutely stunning to look at, and we had hoped to summit the mountain. Unfortunately we couldn't due to snow and bad we...  more »
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