Mount Taranaki from the Pouākai Range



Egmont National Park’s premier 2–3 day tramp offers spectacular views of Mt Taranaki and the surrounding countryside. The 25 km track passes through forest, alpine tussock fields and the unique Ahukawakawa Swamp.
  • Witness the turmoil of centuries of volcanic activity as you cross the active erosion scar of the Boomerang slip and pass beneath the towering columns of the Dieffenbach cliffs. You might also notice the red water of the Kokowai Stream caused by manganese oxide oozing from the earth.
  • Visit the mighty Bells Falls (side trip) and watch the water cascade over an ancient lava flow.
  • Pass through the fragile Ahukawakawa Swamp, with golden tussocks and summer flowers.
  • From the Pouakai Trig (side trip) on a fine day, take in stunning views of the Taranaki coastline and inland toward the mountains of the Central Plateau.

25 km

Walking and tramping

2 - 3 days Advanced: Tramping track

Seasonal restrictions

Sections of this track can become impassable in winter conditions due to snow and ice. Check with Egmont National Park Visitor Centre for up to date track conditions.

Stay safe in the outdoors

  1. Choose the right trip for you. Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.
  2. Understand the weather. Check weather forecasts
  3. Pack warm clothes and extra food. Check gear lists
  4. Share your plans and take ways to get help. Share directly or use the Outdoor Intentions form or Plan My Walk. Take a distress beacon. 
  5. Take care of yourself and each other.


Taranaki/Egmont National Park Visitor Centre
Phone +64 6 756 0990
Address 2879 Egmont Road
Egmont National Park 4386
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