Time: 30 min
This wheelchair friendly track starts at the Potaema Picnic Area about 3 km in from the park boundary on Pembroke Road.
Raised boardwalks take you through lush lowland forest made up of rimu-rata/kamahi, kahikatia and mountain totara/pokaka. The track leads to a large lowland bog that sustains a wide variety of flora and fauna. Magnificent views of the mountain can be had across the swamp from the viewing area.
Time: 30 min
This track begins at the end of the road at the Stratford Plateau. Take a right hand turn just below the carpark toilets and follow the signs to the lookout.
Here you will have spectacular views up the mountain and down to the Taranaki ring plain. See how plant types change with the altitude.
Access to the east side of Mount Taranaki is via Pembroke Road which leads directly to the park boundary from the northern end of Stratford township.
The road climbs through popdocarp/broadleaf forest and then montane forest, reaching the accommodation centre of the Mountain House Motor Lodge. The road winds its way another 3km to the road end car park at the Stratford Plateau (1172 m) where there are superb views of the surrounding countryside.
Auckland is at Level 3 and other regions at Level 2.