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Mount Taranaki and the Egmont National Park

Central Taranaki

Stratford offers the best access points to the iconic Mt Taranaki. Egmont National Park was established in 1900, and is dominated by the dormant volcano of Mt Taranaki. Mt Taranaki is a cone-shaped 2518m high peak that offers spectacular scenery. There are beautiful walks through the abundant rain forest to waterfalls, wetlands and excellent viewpoints. Standing as it does in isolation from other mountains it is one of the best parks from which to get an elevated view of another New Zealand - the rural heartland of the Taranaki. Local Maori believe that Mt Taranaki once stood with the mountains of the central North Island. After a dispute over the maiden Pihanga, Taranaki fled his ancestral home, carving out the bed of the Whanganui River on his journey to the coast. The surrounding Egmont National Park was established in 1900, the second in New Zealand after it's not too distant neighbour, Tongariro. A variety of easy, short walks branch off the main access roads. A number of beautiful waterfalls are in easy reach of Dawson Falls and it is worth walking through the Goblin Forest to Wilkies Pools - a series of plunge pools formed by the scouring action of water borne sand and gravel. A well-defined back-country tramping track circles the mountain. It takes up to 5 days with some high level summer track options shortening the tramp to 3-4 days. Manganui is Mt Taranaki's snowboard and ski area. It features small beginner/intermediate and larger off-piste adventure-type intermediate/advanced terrain and is located on NZ's most accessible alpine area. Again, the best access is via Stratford.

The Forgotten World Highway

Central Taranaki

The 155km adventure begins in Stratford and ends in Taumarunui on the Central Plateau, with Mount Ruapehu looming in front of you. It follows ancient Maori trade routes and pioneering farm tracks, through ambitious historic settlements, untamed native bush and stunning natural scenery. Along the Forgotten World Highway, you'll encounter a landscape where man and nature have fought each other for centuries and more than 30 historic or natural points of interest. You'll still receive a wave from the locals as you pass. Whether you approach the Forgotten World Highway as a three-hour scenic link between the West Coast and the Central Plateau, or explore its many stories over several days, you'll be treated to an adventure like no other.

Tawhiti Museum

South Taranaki

The Tawhiti Museum is a truly unique enterprise. The creation of artist Nigel Ogle, its attention to detail is simply stunning. Widely acclaimed as the best private museum in the country, the museum uses life size exhibits and scale models to present our heritage in a series of super realistic and engaging displays. All these displays are designed and built on the premises in the 'Body Shop' and accompanying studios, which can be viewed as part of a museum visit.
Phone: (06) 278-6837

Coastal Walkway

North Taranaki

The Coastal Walkway is an award-winning, 10-kilometre (6.2 mi) long walkway located along the coast of New Plymouth, New Zealand. The walkway stretches from near Port Taranaki, past the central city, to Hickford Park, in Bell Block, north-east of New Plymouth.

Dawsons falls and The Goblin Forest

Central Taranaki

The Dawson Falls area has become noted for its scenery and the half day walks are a major attraction for both young and old. All of these tracks are clearly marked with colour coded signs and direction markers, and the entrance to the bush area has a large map showing where each track goes and approximately how long walk takes. The falls were discovered by Thomas Dawson, in March 1883, and their tourist potential was realised in 1894-5 when Manaia Road was extended and a small house erected for tourists use.

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