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These short walks are in the Egmont National Park, at North Egmont Road end.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Various times under 1 hr Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Walks start from the Egmont National Park Visitor Centre unless otherwise stated.

Viewing platform

Time: 4 min one way

A wheelchair friendly boardwalk through bush to a viewing platform and the historic Camphouse. Stunning views of Taranaki, the coastline and inland to the central North Island mountains: Ruapehu, Ngaruahoe and Tongariro.

Ambury Monument Walk

Time: 10 min one way

Follow the boardwalk past the Camphouse. From here a track leads to Ambury Monument, a memorial to climber Arthur Ambury who gave his life on 3 June 1918 in a heroic attempt to save William Edwin Gourlay who slipped on ice. Both died when they fell over the bluff.

A grassy picnic spot has views of Mt Taranaki.

Return the same way or follow the Nature Walk to exit just below the visitor centre.

Nature Walk

Time: 15 min loop

This family friendly loop walk follows the boardwalk past the Camphouse. From here the track leads up to Ambury Monument where it turns left and descends to cross the Translator Road. It then re-enters the forest to head down to the visitor centre.

The track has steps and is steep in some places with a few big drop offs near the track edge - keep an eye on the kids.

Connett Loop Track

Time: 40 min return

This is a pleasant walk through forest laden with moss and lichens (goblin forest) with a small lookout point offering a view of the mountain.

The track is well maintained with a few steps. Be aware there is no safety barrier at the mountain lookout.

Mangaoraka Loop Track

Time: 30 min return

This easy track loops through lowland forest.

There may be some boggy sections on the track. Take care when crossing the road.

Getting there: Begin at the Mangaoraka Picnic Area, 4.5 km down Egmont Road from the visitor centre. 

Ngatoro Loop Track

Time: 1 hr

Follow the boardwalk past the Camphouse onto the Summit Track. The Ngatoro Loop Track is 400 metres along on the left. Descend into a valley through ‘goblin forest’ where ferns and moss hang from twisted tree trunks. Cross a small stream and climb steps to return to the visitor centre.

The track is steep in some places, has steps and an unbridged stream crossing which (although usually dry) can become impassable after heavy rain.

Getting there

These tracks starts at or near the North Egmont Visitor Centre. 13 km south of New Plymouth, in Egmont Village, turn off SH23 into North Egmont Road. The visitor centre is signposted at the junction. Follow North Egmont Road for 16 km to the end.


Egmont National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 6 756 0990
Address:   2879 Egmont Rd
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