Mt Taranaki from Lake Dive track

Image: Rachel Smith | Creative Commons


Enjoy great views up the mountain and down to the Taranaki Ring Plain and the coastline on route to picturesque Lake Dive.

Track overview

13km loop

Walking and tramping

7–8 hr Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


There are two options to reach Lake Dive Hut.

The upper level track follows the Fanthams Peak track to 1,500 m altitude then turns left to traverse tussock slopes before descending to the hut.

The lower level track undulates through forest, crossing many streams. Combining the two gives a full day tramp or a moderate overnight tramp.

The picturesque Lake Dive lies at the foot of the upper Beehive, a cumulo dome created when lava welled up and congealed before it could burst through.

Getting there

Lake Dive.
Picturesque Lake Dive

Start this track from the Dawson Falls road end.

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

On the lower track, unbridged stream crossings can become impassable after heavy rainfall. Expect overgrown sections of track and some erosion in places.

The upper track is very exposed and not recommended in winter unless parties are equipped with ice axe and crampons. It is better to return on the lower track during this time of year.


Egmont National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 6 756 0990
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   2879 Egmont Rd
Egmont National Park
Postal Address:   PO Box 462
New Plymouth 4340
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