Mount Taranaki

Mount Taranaki, Egmont National Park: Address, Phone Number, Mount Taranaki Reviews: 4.5/5

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Ryan Whanau
Hamilton, New Zealand33 contributions
Summit: Don’t underestimate it
Apr 2021 • Solo
Your fitness and balance will be tested climbing the scouria and rock which is the last third of the climb in meters but will take you about half the time of your climb. And then you need to get down it which was the hardest part.
-Wear off road shoes
-you will power through more water than ever before
-wear grippy shoes - really important
-borrow poles
-even in summer it is freezing at the top
-take gloves to help with the climb down
-the car park was full by 6:30 get dropped off to avoid lots more walking
-this is too much for young kids - dangerous as they struggle to get down and they will be so miserable.

It took me 10 hours.
But if you are fit and love a challenge go for it - I loved it.
Written 4 April 2021
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BigT15
Heerenveen, The Netherlands34 contributions
Mt Taranaki Open Climb
Feb 2021 • Solo
A great event, well coordinated by the Taranaki Alpine Club. The guides are very encouraging, supportive and set a pace to match the group.
Well worth doing and a real buzz getting to the top (and back down). You will get some awesome views of the National Park and province along the way
Plenty of water, good boots and a walking pole highly recommended.
Written 16 February 2021
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HardishThacker
Bengaluru, India29 contributions
A hidden gem in New Zealand
May 2020
A hidden gem in New Zealand. Ice tip mountain (of course in winter only) near the beach. Not sure why people are not talking about this place much. Just a few hours' drive from Auckland.
Written 12 February 2021
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Wellington Dave
Wellington, New Zealand3 contributions
Summiting from North Egmont visitor centre and equipment
Feb 2021 • Friends
I went with 2 friends with a good forecast and low winds on the mountain and summit.
Walked in sneakers to first hut then changed to boots. Some people went the whole way in sneakers but I'd recommend boots.
Poles were crutial for the scree section, but a lot of people didn't have them.
The lizard was a lot of climbing up and over rocks. Quite steep but manageable.
The last section was the crater with a fair bit of ice before another short steep climb onto summit.
Wore a polyprop and gym shirt up but needed hoodie and beanie for summit where it was definitely colder.
Gloves for the lizard and scree on the way down are highly recommended too.
Leave early as the carpark was almost full at 5:30am when I arrived but there is parking on road leading to North Egmont Visitor centre.
Took 9 hours in total as we took a different track down from hut.
Kids as young as 10 -12 were walking it and about 300 people all up as long weekend and good conditions.
Clouds rolled in on way down but cleared now and again.
Highly recommended in right conditions and with right gear.
Written 7 February 2021
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,686 contributions
Lots of walking options
Jan 2021
There are many walks you can do on this mountain. If you are very fit and keen you can do summit or round the mountain walks. Or there are plenty of short walks, and lots of good viewing points.
There are 3 main entrance points to access the mountain walks - on Manaia Rd, Pembroke Rd or Egmont Rd. We went to the end of the road at all three of these points to do some of the short walks.
Weather can vary greatly, so be prepared if you intend to do any of the more ambitious walks. The first day we went up the mountain the weather was lovely both down in New Plymouth and up on Mt Taranaki. The second day we went up it was very cloudy in New Plymouth and we could not see the mountain. We wondered whether it was worth going up, but we gave it a go, The weather got gradually worse, with a bit of drizzle. But then we emerged from the top of the cloud and it was a beautiful day up there. So don't believe the weather at a lower level!
Very enjoyable walks and we would return.
Written 7 February 2021
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Ali R.
Palmerston North, New Zealand206 contributions
Amazing walk and view
Dec 2020 • Family
This is an amazing view of the snow on the mountain , if you have time and strength to walk all the way up. Take warm clothes and suitable shoes. The track to the mountain is well maintained, but can be slippery at places especially when you climb down.
If you don’t want to go all the way up, there’s a 30 min walk to the ski field.
Written 22 December 2020
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Vivashal Singh
Auckland Central, New Zealand220 contributions
Breathtaking Hike Amazing Mountain Trails
Oct 2020 • Family
Amazing location and views with long breathtaking hikes with access to the snow ( in mid October )
Trails take you on an adventure as it climbs to the sky area
A must do experience
Written 4 October 2020
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Kathy
573 contributions
Beautiful Views
Jan 2020
We had beautiful views of the mountain for miles before we arrived in the park. Once there, we walked to the Mt. Taranaki Viewing Platform, for an even better look. Then we hiked the Connett Loop Track, which also provided a nice view of this majestic mountain.
Written 7 May 2020
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floridaherbie
Marco Island, FL153 contributions
Beautiful view
Mar 2020
You can drive to the parking place in 1197 meter above sea level on a sealed and winding road. If you are lucky then you will have the majestic Mount Taranaki in front of you in full sunshine. Unfortunately "he" is very shy and is hiding his summit most of the time behind clouds. In either case it's worth the try and you should at least do the short hike to the gorge even when raining.
Written 9 March 2020
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Andrew3022
Auckland, New Zealand24 contributions
Tough but worth it.
Feb 2020 • Friends
I went with two friends plus my two adult sons. Make sure you start early at peak times as the car park gets very full.

This is a tough walk and should only be attempted by those with reasonable fitness and in good weather.

Our group took 4 hours 20 up and 3 hours 50 down. Going down is tricky particularly on the scree slope. Most of us ended up on our backside multiple times.

Take 3L of water per person. You need it.

Really enjoyed the experience. A great day out.
Written 15 February 2020
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