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Mount Taranaki Adventure
Mount Taranaki Summit
The Mt Taranaki Summit track is the ultimate in trekking experiences. The journey is challenging so should only be attempted by those with a high level of fitness and trekking experience. Standing at 2518 m high, Mount Taranaki summit track is more difficult and dangerous than it may appear so only attempt the track in good weather conditions. The adventure will take between 8-10 hours from start to finish, and the views from the top will make the journey absolutely worth it. Leave early in the morning to ensure you have enough time to get there and back before sunset.
Just 20 minutes drive from Stratford, at the Dawson Falls visitor centre entrance of Mt Taranaki, you’ll discover an assortment of walking tracks. Named after the Wilkies brothers who farmed locally, the Wilkies Pools loop is a first class 1.9km track which takes approximately 1 hour 20 minutes to complete. Pushchair, wheelchair and child friendly, the walk to Wilkies Pools will take you along a safe, sturdy path and boardwalk. The 900 metre walk to the pools gradually inclines it’s way through the Goblin forest.
The York Road Loop track is the perfect combination of being immersed in the great outdoors, while learning about interesting Taranaki history. The York Road Loop track is within the Egmont National Park, just a short 10 minute drive from Stratford, at the end of York Road (which turns off SH3 between Stratford and Tariki) . The track follows part of the old Egmont Branch Railway Line and old service road which was constructed in 1901 to provide metal for early Taranaki roads, walkways and the rocks for Port Taranaki.
New Zealand’s newest premier one day walks, the Taranaki Pouakai Crossing lets you soak in the highlights of the Pouakai Circuit on the northern slopes of Mount Taranaki. The 19km trail boosts stunning views the summit and Pouakai Ranges. Now is the perfect time to walk one of New Zealand’s most beautiful unspoilt tracks where you’ll get up and close with the towering lava columns of Dieffenbach cliffs, cross the golden tussocks of the Pouakai plateau to the world-famous tarns with their mirror reflections of Mount Taranaki. A must do activity for young and old when visiting Taranaki.
Dawson Falls is a scenic 30 minute drive from Stratford, and features many of the great short walks on Mount Taranaki. Enjoy the picturesque drive up to Dawson Falls through the stunning Mountain canopy. Primarily Tōtara and Kamahi trees, the forest around this part of Mount Taranaki sparks the imagination of a Goblin Forest. Dripping with moss and lichens, the tree trunks and branches have grown through and around existing trees to create a distinctive twisted forest.
Not far from Stratford, Curtis Falls is a 15-minute drive up to the Stratford Mountain House carpark. The Curtis Falls Track is a great walk if your looking for something al little more adventurous. Although not as well maintained as the Dawson Falls tracks, it makes for a picturesque day out navigating your way through the twisted forest and river beds.
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