New Zealand

Egmont National Park

Where is it?

Egmont National Park surrounds the volcanic peak of Mount Taranaki in the west of the North Island. State Highway 3 runs past the eastern side of the park, with both Wellington and Auckland about a 4 hour drive away.

Facts about the Egmont National Park

Mount Taranaki overshadows the park, which is over 33,000 hectares in size. The park came into being in 1900 having previously been a forest reserve. On the 3rd of June 1918, Arthur Ambury died in an attempt to rescue W E Gourlay who had slipped on ice. The Ambury Bluffs were named after him, and there the Ambury monument is on the Holly Hut track. Due to the heavy rainfall in western region of the north island, there is a lush rainforest environment at lower levels in the park. At higher levels an alpine environment exists, with a number of plants that are unique to the national park.

To do

Tramping is the main activity in the park. There is a network of tracks connecting a number of huts. There are many opportunities for tramps ranging from short walks to over-night tramping. There is a round the mountain track which can take between three and five days. There is a new track in the northern region of the park - the Pouakai Circuit.

There is also a small ski-club field at the end of Pembroke Road.

Where to stay?

There is a wide range of accommodation in the surrounding towns and there is also a lodge inside the park, Dawson Falls Mountain Lodge.

Tramps in the Egmont NP

  • Round The Mountain - a three to five day tramp encircling Mount Taranaki
  • Pouakai Circuit - three to four days through some of the park's most beautiful areas
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