Mt Taranaki from Maketawa Hut Circuit

Image: Bev Bacon | DOC


This circuit offers fantastic views of Mt Taranaki from the Maketawa Hut - it can be enjoyed as a half day tramp but is also a good overnight tramp for families with children and new trampers.

Track overview

6.5 km loop

Walking and tramping

3 hr return Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Combine these tracks to form a circuit.

Egmont Road end (North Egmont) to Maketawa Hut via Maketawa Track

Time: 1 hr 30 min
Distance: 3.1 km

This lower track passes through native forest with some steps and small ladders. 

Egmont Road end (North Egmont) to Maketawa Hut via Translator Road

Time: 1 hr 15 min
Distance: 3.4 km

This is the higher track to the hut. It follows a gravel 4WD track and offers spectacular views of the mountain.

Getting there

These tracks starts from the Egmont National Park Visitor Centre at North Egmont.

North Egmont is 29 km south of New Plymouth. Follow SH3 for 13 km, then turn onto Egmont Road and follow this to the end.

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.


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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