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Scenic tramps that offer views of Mount Taranaki and down across the Taranaki Ring Plain to the coast.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Various times Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Tahurangi Translator Tower

Time: 1 hr 30 min one way to the tower

This is a scenic climb following a 4WD track uphill through changing alpine vegetation to a viewing point beside a commercial translator tower. Good views of the surrounding countryside and the mountain.

Take the boardwalk from the Visitor Centre up past the Camphouse and follow the signs on to the Summit Track. The track is very steep in some places and exposed to the elements.

Return the same way or continue on for a round trip (see below description).

Tahurangi Translator Tower round trip

Time: 4 hr return

A very scenic tramp offering views up to the summit and out to the coast. The track climbs from rainforest to subalpine forest and tussock before passing below ancient lava flows and descending to the Visitor Centre.

From the Visitor Centre take the board walk up past the Camphouse then follow signage to the Tahurangi Translator Tower. The track continues past the privately owned Tahurangi Lodge and turns right from where it follows a poled route below ancient lava flows across exposed alpine terrain. Turn right at the Holly Hut Junction and descend steeply back to the Visitor Centre.

The track is steep and exposed to the elements. It requires good weather conditions. Upper sections may become impassable due to snow and ice.

Kokowai round trip

Time: 6 hr return

For those wanting both an alpine and forest experience this is a great all day hike. The upper part of this track is very exposed and not recommended for winter use unless you are equipped with an ice axe and crampons.

From the visitor centre follow the Holly Hut Track through subalpine scenery to where the Kokowai Track turns off just past the Boomerang Slip. Descend the Kokowai Track through forest to eventually join the Kaiauai Track, turning right to head toward Egmont Road. Return to the visitor centre either via the Ram Track (longer and overgrown in places) or up the road.

Take care crossing the active Boomerang Slip - crossing one person at a time is recommended. Some sections of the Kokowai Track have steep drop offs.

Ngatoro - Mangaoraka - Waiwhakaiho - Ram Track round trip

Time: 6 - 7 hr return

This challenging tramp heads through some of the last remnants of Taranaki lowland forest.

From the Connett Loop Track descend the Ngatoro Track, eventually crossing the unbridged Waiongana Stream before continuing on to the Mangaoraka Picnic Area. The Ngatoro Track is overgrown in places and navigation may be difficult.

From the picnic area, cross the road and continue on the Mangaoraka Loop Track to the junction with the Waiwhakaiho Track. Turn uphill (left) following the track along the edge of the Waiwhakaiho gorge.  At the Kaiauai Track junction turn left toward Egmont Road, continuing on to reach the junction with the Ram Track. From here the Ram Track heads uphill, crossing a couple of small unbridged streams before reaching the Veronica Loop Track. Follow signs from here back to the visitor centre.

This track is overgrown in places and navigation may be difficult. There are unbridged stream crossings which may become impassable after heavy rain. There are toilets and picnic tables at the Mangaoraka Picnic Area.

Maketawa Hut

Time: 3 hr return or overnight

A scenic tramp with bush and mountain views. Picnic or stay overnight at Maketawa Hut.

Follow the boardwalk from the Visitor Centre uphill past the Camphouse, joining the Summit track and climbing to eventually meet the Maketawa Hut turnoff. Descend steeply to the hut turnoff.

Return the same way, or turn right from the Maketawa Hut track entrance to return to the Visitor Centre along a bush track, crossing several unbridged streams and climbing up and down small ladders.

A tramper stands on the deck of Maketawa Hut. Photo: Tim Weston.

Maketawa Hut

Category: Serviced
Facilities: 16 bunk beds, heating, mattresses
Bookings not required - first come, first served

Holly Hut

Time: 4 hr one way or overnight

This is a good day tramp - or a great introduction to an overnight tramp. The upper part of this route is very exposed and not recommended for winter use unless you are equipped with an ice axe and crampons.

Follow the boardwalk from the Visitor Centre up past the Camphouse on to the Holly Hut Track. The track passes the Ambury Monument then climbs steadily uphill to the Plateau/Holly Hut Junction. Turn right and continue under the Dieffenbach Cliffs, crossing the Boomerang Slip to reach the Kokowai Track junction before descending to Holly Hut junction turn off. Holly Hut is 5 minutes from here. Be aware of the unbridged Minirapa Stream crossing just prior to the hut which can be impassable after heavy rain.

The track is steep, narrow in sections with big drop offs, and has some unbridged river crossings.Take care crossing the active Boomerang Slip - crossing one person at a time is recommended. 

Holly Hut.

Holly Hut

Category: Serviced
Facilities: 32 bunk beds, heating, lighting, mattresses
Bookings not required - first come, first served

Getting there

These tramps are in the Egmont National Park, at North Egmont Roadend approximately a ½ hour drive from New Plymouth. Drive south on State Highway 3 to Egmont Village and turn right onto Egmont Road. North Egmont is at the end of this road.

Know before you go

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.


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