Admire the perfect reflections of Mount Taranaki in Pouakai Tarns. © Jeremy Beckers

Explore fairytale forests, waterfalls and mountains in Taranaki

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Egmont National Park with its iconic cone of Mount Taranaki is home to hundreds of kilometres of walking and tramping tracks, from gentle day walks to more challenging tramps. 

For a family-friendly walk, wander through the intriguingly-named Goblin Forest, via Dawson Falls on the southern slopes of the mountain, to Wilkies Pools. 

Experience improbably lush forest dripping in moss, a majestic 18-metre waterfall and spectacular plunge pools where melted snow has carved a path through solid rock. 

For for the actively inclined, the Pouakai Crossing is a more intrepid day walk on Taranaki’s northern slopes with views you’ll no doubt recognise for the symmetrical reflections of the summit in the alpine lakes. You’ll want to bring a camera for this one. 

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