Start North Egmont Summit Track

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Climb to the summit of Mt Taranaki. Time: up 56 hr; down 34 hr. Distance: 6.3 km one way. For non mountaineers, the best time to climb the mountain is during January to March when the mountain is often clear of snow and ice other than in the crater. This is a full day strenuous hike for fit, well-equipped trampers. Allow plenty of time and leave early. Times stated are approximate only. Caution: no water is available on this track. North Egmont (946 m) to Tahurangi Lodge (1492 m) (1.52 hr, 4 km) From Taranaki / Egmont National Park Visitor Centre the Summit Track follows the boardwalk up to a locked gate. Cross the stile and continue up the gravel Translator Road (walking access only) to the privately owned Tahurangi Lodge. Sections of this track are very steep. There is a public toilet 100 m below the lodge and a small day shelter room at the lodge. Tahurangi Lodge to the Summit (2518 m) (34 hr, 2.3 km) The track passes in front of Tahurangi Lodge and continues upwards via the poled route through the rock-covered Hongi Valley. A series of steps leads out of the valley onto steep scoria (gravel) slopes. Continue uphill to the Lizard (2134m), a prominent rocky ridge which leads you to the craters summer entrance. The route then crosses the crater ice to the final short climb up to the summit rock.

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Lat: -39.270977 Lng: 174.094757

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Amanda N

First hour is a gravel road to the transistor tower. Then some stairs. Then the hardest part is a long stretch of loose scree - 2 steps up and 1 back. Hard on the way up and a different type of hard on the way down. Then becomes a scramble for the last hour or so. Small bit of snow to walk across at the top then one last short scramble to the top!


Amanda N

8-10 hour return hike. Hard work. We took 8.5 with breaks. Make sure you bring enough water - its all in the sun. Its windy and cold at the top even if its hot in the carpark so bring warm clothes! Gloves are good to protect your hands while youre scrambling up because the rocks are sharp! And if you fall while coming down the scree.



Just walked to the lodge and down via Holly Hut track to egmont visitor centre. 3hrs 30. Brilliant walk and excellent views. Summit track closed for winter now due to snow.


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