Welcome to Egmont National Park
A near-perfect 2518m volcanic cone dominating the landscape, Mt Taranaki is a magnet to all who catch his eye. According to Māori, Taranaki travelled from the North Island's volcanic plateau after he lost a battle with Mt Tongariro over the beautiful Mt Pihanga. Geologically, Taranaki is the youngest of three large volcanoes – including Kaitake and Pouakai – that stand along the same fault line. With the last eruption more than 350 years ago, experts say that the mountain is overdue for another go. But don’t let that put you off – it's an absolute beauty and the highlight of any visit to the region, although trampers should check in with DOC information centres before attempting a climb as it's notoriously dangerous.
Access points for the mountain are North Egmont, Dawson Falls and East Egmont. There are DOC centres at North Egmont and Dawson Falls; for accommodation and supplies head to Stratford or Inglewood.