Introduction

Walk one way from Dawson Falls to Stratford Plateau or complete a circuit back to Dawson Falls.

Track overview

3.1 km one way | 7.8 km return

Walking and tramping

1 hr 20 min one way | 3 hr 30 min - 4 hr return Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Dawson Falls - Stratford Plateau Track

Time: 1 hr 20 min to the Plateau
Distance: 3.1 km

Take the Wilkies Pools Loop Track from the car park, walking through forest before arriving at the series of pools and cascades scoured out of the lava. Continue past the pools until you come to the junction with the high level Around the Mountain Track, turn left toward the Plateau and climb northeast into mountain totara and cedar before emerging in subalpine scrub near The Plateau car park at East Egmont. There is a toilet, picnic spot and lookout here, but no public shelter. 

Dawson Falls - Stratford Plateau - Enchanted Track - Waingongoro Track

Time: 3 hr 30 min - 4 hr return
Distance: 7.8 km

Take the Wilkies Pools Loop Track from the car park, then the track on toward the Stratford Plateau. Descend the steep Enchanted Track, turning at the bottom to head in the direction of Waingongoro Hut. After crossing the swingbridge over the Waingongoro Stream, either take a 5 minute detour to Waingongoro Hut, or head uphill, climbing steadily to the Ridge Track junction. From here follow signs back to the visitor centre.

This track has some overgrown sections (particularly the Enchanted Track) and areas of erosion. Not all streams have bridges across them. The swingbridge hangs 24m above the Waingongoro Stream - a challenge for some!

Getting there

These tracks start in Dawson Falls.

In Stratford, turn off SH23 into Celia Street, which becomes Opunake Road. Follow this for 14 km, then turn right into Manaia Road and travel 9 km up the mountain to Dawson Falls visitor centre.

Know before you go

Weather on the mountain changes rapidly – you must be well prepared with suitable clothing and equipment for all weather and conditions.

Snow, high rainfall and storm damage can make tracks impassable – many rivers and streams are unbridged.

Check the Egmont National Park weather forecast before you go.

Dawson Falls Visitor Centre is open reduced hours: Thursday – Sunday 9am – 4pm; 7 days a week during school holidays, 9am – 4pm.

Contacts

Dawson Falls Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 27 443 0248
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   egmontvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Manaia Rd
Egmont National Park
Postal Address:   PO Box 462
New Plymouth 4340
Egmont National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 6 756 0990
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   egmontvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   2879 Egmont Rd
Egmont National Park
Postal Address:   PO Box 462
New Plymouth 4340
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