Dawson Falls is a short drive from Stratford and feature many of the great short walks on Mount Taranaki. Enjoy the picturesque drive up to Dawson Falls through the stunning mountain canopy. Primarily Kamahi trees, the forest around this part of Mount Taranaki sparks the imagination of a Goblin Forest. Their trunks and branches have grown through and around existing tree to create a distinctive twisted forest straight out of middle earth. Dawson Falls itself is an 18m high waterfall discovered in 1885. Located only 10 minutes from the road entrance this is an easy walk to the lookout point. This area also features one of the world’s oldest continuously operating generators located only 100 metres from the main lodge. Make sure you stop in at the Dawson Falls Visitor Centre and discover the history of the area before you start you journey on the southern slops of our legendary mountain.

Waterproof Jacket

Lightweight waterproof jacket. Needs to be highly
breathable and reasonable waterproof rating.


A necessity on any sunny day in NZ (and even some of those
not-so-sunny days)


Use a ‘two coat’ approach. Apply your sunscreen 20 minutes
before going outside and again when you’ve been outside for
10 to 20 minutes.

Day Pack

A good day pack will be able to carry all your essentials,
including food and water, and still be comfortable.

Sturdy Shoes

Trail running shoes are suitable for most outdoor activities.
Old school walking shoes are suitable as well.

Personal Toiletries + Medication

Always take personal medication and supplies for
unexpected toilet stops.

Yes. In New Zealand, it’s expected you'd tell someone what you’re doing and where you’re going before you go. 

Because many outdoor locations are remote and have no mobile phone coverage, often with very few people around, if something does go wrong the only way our emergency services can help you is if they know you haven’t returned. Tell a trusted contact. If you’re visiting from overseas and your trusted contacts are back home you can still tell them of your plans. 


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Manaia Road, Egmont National Park, Stratford, Taranaki, 4332, NZ