Egmont National Park

Visit Mount Egmont, Taranaki, NZ

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  • Taranaki, meaning “shining hill”, was named Mount Egmont by navigator Captain Cook. The name Taranaki officially became an alternative in 1986. The national park, which extends around the peak in a six-mile radius, retains the name Egmont.

    The area constituting the national park was set aside as a forest reserve in 1881 and gained national park status in 1900. Although some of the forested land on the mountain’s slopes has been logged for timber, there are remnant stands of unlogged native forest, which has a rainforest character due to high rainfall.

    In winter, keen skiers can visit the Manganui ski area. Walking tracks are open all year round. However, ascents to the summit are usually made in summer, due to risk that adverse weather conditions can quickly develop at an altitude where there is no shelter.

     

    Accommodation in Mount Egmont (NZ)

    Stratford Mountain House is the only hosted accommodation within the national park. Recently refurbished, it has luxury facilities, a restaurant and café. It is located about half way to the centre of the park, about 20 minutes’ drive from the town of Stratford.

    Within the park also are tramping huts located on hiking trails and near the summit of Fantham’s Peak, the mountain’s newest crater. It is necessary to carry your own food and sleeping bag to use these overnight facilities.

    Alternative accommodation, including hotels, motels, B&Bs, holiday parks, andself-contained chalets, can be found in the surrounding towns of Stratford, Inglewood and Egmont Village.

     

    Transport around Mount Egmont

    There are three roads that lead into the national park. Pembroke Road, from Stratford, reaches the ski field and has a large car park.

    The second access route is Manaia Road, south of Stratford, which leads to Dawson’s Falls, one of many spectacular features of the mountain’s rivers and streams.

    The final route, which reaches the East Egmont Plateau, is to the north, along Egmont Road, from Egmont Village.

    There is no rail transport to Taranaki. The nearest airport is at New Plymouth, about 30 minutes' drive from the park.

    Intercity and local coach services reach New Plymouth and Stratford.

     

    Tourist Activities around Mount Egmont

    For most of the year, Mount Egmont is enjoyed for its unforgettable tramping experiences, which transition from damp moss-strewn native rainforest, with fast flowing rivers in gorges, to hardy sub-alpine forest and tussock grassland, to an un-vegetated and often snow-covered rocky landscape.

    The forests are host to some unique and rare native plant life, including trees, mosses, lichens and fungi, as well as animal life including native insects and a profusion of songbirds.

    There are visitor information centres at each of the main access points, with short walks of 1-2 hours and less available. Longer walks, including a multi-day mountain circuit start and end at these points.

    Especially in winter, visitors should ensure they are well-equipped with maps, food, strong footwear, and wet-weather clothing. It is strongly advised that hikers inform a visitor centre of their intended journey. This ensures that a search and rescue alarm can be raised in the event of a failure to return.

    Visitors intending to reach the summit can hope for a stunning view that looks out across the Tasman Sea, or inland to the mountains of the central plateau. Only a fit and confident walker can complete the ascent and descent in one day. In winter, ice axes and crampons are recommended. The safest way to summit the mountain is with a guided tour party.

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    Egmont National Park