Pouakai Range tramping tracks

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Tramping track


Maude Track to Mangakotukutuku Falls

Mangakotukutuku Falls.
Mangakotukutuku Falls

Time: 3 hr return

Getting there

Follow Kent Road from State Highway 3 south of New Plymouth. Turn right on to Maude Road and follow it to the end. Limited car parking is available.


From the road end the track crosses farmland to the boundary of Egmont National Park. From here it climbs a spur on the Pouakai Range, arriving finally at the Mangakotukutuku Falls. A Maori oven can be found just below the junction of the Falls track on the true left side. Care must be taken not to disturb this archaeological feature.

When crossing farmland please respect private property, leave gates as you find them and stay on the route.

Mangorei Track to Pouakai Hut

Time: 4 - 5 hr return

Getting there

The track begins at the end of Mangorei Road, New Plymouth.


From the car parking area walk up the driveway, turning left at the water tank and heading into the bush. The track climbs steadily to the 16 bunk Pouakai Hut. Walk five minutes past the hut for great views down over Ahukawakawa Swamp.

This is a good short day tramp, or you can stay over night at Pouakai Hut.

About the area

Once a mighty volcano of similar size to Mt Taranaki, the Pouakai Range has eroded to produce a rugged range of rolling hills covered in sub alpine bush. Tucked between the range and the mountain the Ahukawakawa Swamp is the largest montane mire in the park and home to 260 different plant species.

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

Pouakai Range Tramping Tracks.

Related link

Pouakai Range walks factsheet (PDF, 500K)


Find out more


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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Taranaki places


Taranaki / Egmont National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 6 756 0990
Address:   2879 Egmont Rd
Email:   egmontvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
Dawson Falls Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 27 443 0248
Address:   Manaia Rd
Email:   egmontvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
Ngāmotu / New Plymouth Office
Phone:      +64 6 759 0350
Email:   newplymouth@doc.govt.nz
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