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|List Status: Official|
|Elevation||2,518 m (8,261 ft)|
|Location/List||North Island, New Zealand|
|Location Coordinates||39° 17' 47" S, 174° 3' 50" E|
|Nearest Town/s||Stratford, New Plymouth|
|LINZ Topographic map/s||Add this data|
|| Translation||tara: peak; ngaki: clear of vegetation|
|Duration||8-10 hours (return)|
|Distance||11.7 km (7.3 mi)|
|Start/End Points||Stratford Plateau|
|Track conditions||Track, Scree/Scoria|
|Season||December to April|
|Sights||Add this data|
|Hazards||Alpine weather, Mist , snow and ice in winter|
|Number of Geocaches||Add this data|
Also known as Mt Egmont
The location of Mt Taranaki, away from the North Island's other volcanoes, is beautifully explained in Maori mythology. According to the myth, Taranaki once lived near the other central North Island mountains, including Tongariro, and his beautiful wife, Pihanga. Taranaki fell in love with Pihanga, and a ferocious battle between Taranaki and Tongariro ensued. Taranaki was forced to flee to the west coast, and the myriad of streams now flowing from Taranaki are said to represent tears for his lost love.
Taranaki is challenging day tramp, but as the North Island's second highest peak, it is a must on any New Zealand peak bagging list.
To get to the Stratford Plateau from Stratford, turn on to Pembroke Rd and continue all the way the carpark at Stratford Plateau.
There is no public bus service, but Eastern-taranaki.co.nz offers a shuttle service.
Google Earth Map
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NZ Topographic Map
Our Recommended Route
A summer day tramp to the summit Taranaki makes for long and strenous day, and in winter it is a full on mountaineering expedition.
There are two main routes to Mt Taranaki's summit - one starts from the North Egmont Visitors centre, and one from the Stratford Plateau. While the North Egmont Visitor Centre is shorter, the track from the Stratford Plateau starts at a higher altitude. Personally, we'd choose less climbing over less distance, but the option is yours!
From the Stratford Plateau, the track sidles around a gorge, before crossing over and arriving at the Mangonui Ski Lodge. You will then pass the rocky crags of Warwick Castle, before arriving at Tahurangi Lodge about 2 hours hours after leaving the carpark. After leaving the lodge, you will encounter the first of many steps up the mountain. Enjoy them while they last though, as once past the stairs you'll have some steep scoria to contend with. In mist this section may present some navigational challenges, so be prepared with a topographical map and compass.
As you near the summit, head for the gap to the right of the 'Sharks Tooth'. From here there is a final scramble to the summit.
Now all that remains is to enjoy the fact that you've climbed the second highest mountain in the North Island. Oh, and the not insignificant matter of returning the way you came. The scree run can be fun, but in icy conditions can also be dangerous. Be sure to maintain your concentration and remember that slow and steady wins the race. Walking poles can be useful on a descent like this, and your knees may be grateful for the assistance.
Weather and Webcam Links
- Met Service Local
- Met Service Mountain Forecast
- Met Service Weather Warnings
- Current Conditions in New Plymouth
- GNS Mt Taranaki webcam
- DOC Taranaki Summit Tramp
- Tramper.co.nz Taranaki Summit track
- Mt Taranaki at Wikipedia
- GNS Mt Taranaki volcano page
- Mt Taranaki at Peakware
- An entertaining personal account of a Mt Taranaki climb
- North Egmont route
Any route descriptions, NZ Topographic maps and 2D height profiles on this page are for use as an indicative guide only. They have been created using the TUMONZ mapping software, topomap.co.nz, source material, personal experiences and contain data sourced from Land Information New Zealand and any references listed on this page. PeakBagging.co.nz, Land Information New Zealand, and TUMONZ give no warranty in relation to the data (including accuracy, reliability, completeness or suitability) and accepts no liability (including, without limitation, liability in negligence) for any loss, damage or costs relating to any use of the data. Crown Copyright Reserved.
North Island Weekend Tramps (Bird's Eye Guides), Shaun Barnett. (2008), See pages 59-61
A Dictionary of Maori Placenames, AW Reed, 1982