Mount Egmont (Taranaki)

Mount Taranaki, also known by its former name Mount Egmont, is a stratovolcano classification which means it is an active but quiescent volcano. The last known volcanic activity was the production of a lava dome in its crater during the 18th century; however, there have been several smaller earthquakes since then that may indicate new explosions are brewing beneath this mountain’s surface.

The above passage details how Mt Taranaki became classed as “strat” because they contain layers upon layers firmly stuck together by silica-rich deposits leftover from whatever explosion caused them to become extinct millions. Its symmetrical snow-capped cone towers are majestically near where you can find New Zealand’s most famous National Park, Egmont National Park.

Considered the second most dangerous mountain in New Zealand after Aoraki/Mount Cook, Taranaki is considered a moderate climb for those with good fitness levels. It can take up to four hours of hiking per person and one day if you’re going back down again, but what makes this destination so risky?

Changes in weather on site have caught inexperienced climbers off guard, showing how important it is to take precautions before heading out there and staying alert at every step.

Hiking Mount Egmont (Taranaki)


If you’re looking for a challenging hike with stunning views, look no further than the Mt Taranaki Summit Track. The journey may be difficult, so only attempt it in good weather conditions and on your best day! It will take between 8-10 hours from start to finish but once at 2718 meters high. There are endless opportunities to take amazing photos or selfies along the top of New Zealand’s North Island, which makes this trip well worth every step that was taken towards completion.

The hike to the North Egmont Visitors Centre starts with a dirt road sheltered by forest. After about half an hour, you will come out onto the grass-covered tussock ground for your remaining journey until reaching Tahurangi Lodge at Mangonui Ski lodge.
If you are looking for an unforgettable adventure, then the Mount Taranaki Summit climb should be at the top of your list. However, you will not find any views or experiences like this anywhere else in New Zealand.

Considered the second most dangerous mountain in New Zealand after Aoraki/Mount Cook, Taranaki is considered a moderate climb for those with good fitness levels. It can take up to four hours of hiking per person and one day if you’re going back down again, but what makes this destination so risky?

Changes in weather on site have caught inexperienced climbers off guard, showing how important it is to take precautions before heading out there and staying alert at every step.

Image source: Wikipedia
Mount Egmont (Taranaki) Weather
Kaponga, NZ
6:26 pm, October 1, 2022
temperature icon 30°
L: 21° H: 30°
Feels like 22.96 °F snow
Wind gusts: 8 mph
UV Index: 0.14
Precipitation: 0.04 inch
Humidity 99 %
Pressure1009 mb
Wind 8 mph
Overview
Elevation (feet)8,261 ft
Elevation (meters)2,518 m
ContinentNew Zealand
CountryNew Zealand
Range/RegionAustralia/Oceania
Latitude-39.296770
Longitude174.063399
Best Months For ClimbingDec, Jan, Feb, Mar
Year First Climbed1839
First Successful Climber(s)Ernst Dieffenbach
Nearest Major AirportWellington, North Island
Convenient CenterStratford, North Island
DifficultyWalk up

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