North Egmont Roadend

Introduction

This is a pleasant drive through native forest on Mt Taranaki’s northern slopes taking you to the Taranaki/Egmont National Park Visitor Centre at an altitude of 946 metres. It is the start point for a number of walks on this side of the mountain.

Features

Taranaki/Egmont National Park Visitor Centre and Kamahi Cafe

Visitor Centre open 7 days a week: summer 8am - 4.30pm. Closed Christmas Day.Kamahi Cafe open 7 days a week 9am - 4pm. Closed Christmas Day.

North Egmont visitor centre, North Egmont Roadend.
Taranaki/North Egmont visitor centre, North
Egmont Roadend

The visitor centre houses comprehensive displays on the volcanic history and ecology of Egmont National Park along with displays of the European and Maori history of the mountain. There is a small café offering coffee and a range of cold drinks and light meals. A retail area has maps, brochures and conservation related items for sale. DOC staff are available for help with track information and weather updates.

The nearby viewing platform offers stunning views of the Mountain, surrounding countryside and the Taranaki coast.

The Camphouse

The Camphouse at North Egmont Roadend.
The Camphouse at North Egmont
Roadend

100 metres from the visitors centre is the historic Camphouse, opened in 1892. This building was shifted to its present site in 1891 from New Plymouth's Marsland Hill, where it was a military barracks for the local regiment during the 1860 Taranaki Wars.

The building underwent a major restoration and upgrade in 1999. It has been associated with mountain recreation for over 100 years and is the oldest building in any national park in New Zealand. The building has a Historic Places Trust category one registration.

The Camphouse offers basic backpacker accommodation. Bookings can be made through the Egmont National Park Visitor Centre.

Ambury Memorial

Five minutes from the Camphouse on the Holly Hut Track is a monument in memory of Arthur Hamilton Ambury who gave his life in a heroic attempt to save W.E. Gourlay who slipped on ice on 3rd June 1918. Both died in the fall over the Ambury Bluff.

Location

Located in Egmont National Park on the northern slopes of Mt Taranaki at the top end of Egmont Road.

Getting there

The roadend is at the top of Egmont Road, 29 km from New Plymouth. The road winds for 6 km through dense podocarp/broadleaf rainforest, with large rimu and rata trees on the lower slopes of the mountain. It climbs steeply through the wetter and cooler montane forest with kamahi, mosses, liverworts and ferns.

Activities

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Scenic and nature tours

It is a pleasant drive up the northern slopes of Mt Taranaki to the North Egmont Visitor Centre.

Places to stay

There is a motel and other accommodation available in locations close to the park. On the north side of the mountain, inside the park, the Camphouse is run as a backpacker style booked accommodation.

Plan and prepare

Weather on Mt Taranaki is very changeable and difficult to predict. It is advisable to carry enough clothing and equipment to ensure you are prepared for any weather type.

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.

Location map

Location map of North Egmont roadend.


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Contacts

Taranaki / Egmont National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 6 756 0990
Address:   2879 Egmont Rd
Email:   egmontvc@doc.govt.nz
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