East Egmont tramping tracks

Track category

Tramping track


Waingongoro Track to Waingongoro Hut

Time: 3hr return

The track begins in the Te Popo car park below the Mountain House Motor Lodge

This tramp to the 16 bunk Waingongoro Hut is a good overnight trip. The well-benched track leads through montane forest, crossing three unbridged streams before arriving at the swing bridge that over the Waingongoro River. The hut turn off is reached shortly after.

Unbridged streams on this track may be impassable after heavy rain.

Curtis Falls

Time: 2 - 3 hr return

The track starts at the top end of the parking area opposite the Mountain House Motor Lodge.

Follow the Curtis Falls track from the carpark, turning right down steps into the valley of the Te Popo Stream. Steps and ladders up the other side lead steeply uphill before dropping sharply to the gorge of the Manganui River. Follow the river bed upstream to the falls. The second set of falls is 15 min past the first.

Return along the track to go back to the car park, or continue along the track to Maketawa Hut.

Unbridged streams on this track may be impassable after heavy rain. Track erosion around streams may also be present.

Getting there

Access to the east side of Mount Taranaki is via Pembroke Road which leads directly to the park boundary from the northern end of Stratford township.

About the area

The road climbs through podocarp/broadleaf forest and then the montane forest, reaching the accommodation centre of the Mountain House Motor Lodge. The road winds its way another 3km to the road end car park at The Plateau (1172m) where there are superb views of the surrounding countryside.

During winter months the Manganui skifield is open for public use.

Plan and prepare

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.

 Location map

Location map of East Egmont Tramping Tracks.

Related link

Dawson Falls and East Egmont walks (PDF, 3,337K)


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Alerts for Taranaki places


Taranaki / Egmont National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 6 756 0990
Address:   2879 Egmont Rd
Email:   egmontvc@doc.govt.nz
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Dawson Falls Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 27 443 0248
Address:   Manaia Rd
Email:   egmontvc@doc.govt.nz
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Ngāmotu / New Plymouth Office
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