North Egmont short walks
North Egmont Nature Walk (loop)
Time: 15 min return
This short walk provides a taste of the native bush at the North Egmont roadend.
The track begins at the Taranaki/Egmont National Park Visitor Centre. Follow the signs to the boardwalk, up past the historical Camphouse and on to a track that descends through twisted trees hanging with moss and lichens. The track has some steps and is steep in some places.
Ambury Monument Walk
Time: 10 min return
On June 3 1918, Arthur Ambury gave his life in a heroic attempt to save William Edwin Gourlay who slipped on ice. Both died when they fell over the bluff. This monument was erected in their memory. This area is a great picnic spot.
The walk begins at the Taranaki/Egmont National Park Visitor Centre. Follow the boardwalk up past the Camphouse and turn right onto the Holly Hut Track. The track gradually ascends stairs to the monument.
Mangaoraka Loop Track
Time: 20 - 30 min return
This short walk begins at the Mangaoraka car park and picnic area, 2.3 km up from the Park entrance and 4.5km below the North Egmont road end.
This walk is a good introduction to lowland forest. Beginning at the Mangaoraka picnic area it follows the Mangaoraka Track for 15 minutes before branching right on to an easy loop track which returns to the track entry. There may be some boggy sections on the track. Take care when crossing the road.
Connett Loop Track
Time: 40 min return
This short walk is a great example of typical cloud forest vegetation. It meanders through constantly changing forest, dripping with mosses and lichens.
The track begins in the lower car park at North Egmont. Follow the signs around the loop to return to the carpark. The track is well maintained with a few steps. Be aware there is no safety barrier at the mountain lookout.
These short walks 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 and the Taranaki/Egmont National Park Visitor Centre is at the end of this road.
About the area
Explore the North Egmont area of Egmont National Park which features lush native forest and on a clear day some spectacular scenery.
Plan and prepare
- Be prepared for changes in the weather
- Take warm clothes including a waterproof raincoat
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.
North Egmont walks factsheet and map (PDF, 1196K)
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