York Loop track is within Egmont National Park and follows part of the old Egmont Branch Railway Line which was constructed in 1901 to provide metal for roads and rocks for Port Taranaki. It carried rock from mountain quarries for use on Taranaki’s roads and railways and the breakwater at the port of New Plymouth. The quarry operated until the late 1920s. The York Rd. Railway was an industrious place. House sites, crusher remains, waterlines, a sand trap and culverts can still be seen. Turn left 100m up the track from the park boundary. On approaching the Crusher site take a two-minute detour to visit the site of the bunk houses and cottages. Return and walk past the old crusher site where the massive retaining wall remains. It was part of the building that housed the crushing machine and other works. Continue over the footbridge and follow the old railway embankments and water pipeline to view the sand trap. On the way you’ll see the rusting remains of the old waterline.

In this region the weather is changeable and it’s best to prepare for all conditions no matter the season. Clothing that can be layered, including warm thermal/merino clothing with a good wind/rain jacket or shell is ideal

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Water and extra snacks if required
  • Windproof jacket with hood even in fine weather
  • Hat, scarf and gloves
  • Sturdy footwear with warm socks
  • Pack a rainproof coat and over-trousers
  • Any personal medication as required


Half Day
York Road Track
Business: Top Guides
Minimum of 4 people