New Plymouth and Egmont National Park Mt Taranaki


Dawson Falls

Country: New Zealand

Region: Taranaki

Authority: New Plymouth District

Settled: March 1841

Territorial 2,324.26 km2

Population: 80,700

Density: 35/km2

Urban: 57,500

New Plymouth is a city situated on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. It’s known for its coastal walkway from Bell Block to Port Taranaki and also the locals surf beaches. Te Rewa Rewa Bridge has views of towering Mount Taranaki. Close by, Pukekura Park has botanical gardens and birdlife. Subalpine forests and waterfalls characterise Egmont National Park to the south of this beach side city.

New Plymouth District is the 10th largest district (out of 67) in New Zealand, and 1.7 percent of New Zealand's population live in this region.

Industries such as, dairy farming, oil and natural gas are common economic activities in the New Plymouth Region.

New Plymouth is also noted for being a coastal city with a mountain (Mt Taranaki) within 30 minutes drive, where residents and visitors to New Plymouth can snowboard, ski, water ski and surf all in the one day.

New Plymouth does get windy, well where in New Zealand doesn't ? its a Seaside city that often can have unfavourable weather conditions and will not see Mt Taranaki for days, so count yourself lucky if you do manage to view the cone shaped mountain from the city.

Egmonet national Park -

Egmont National Park is located south of New Plymouth, close to the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand.

Location: Taranaki, New Zealand

Nearest City: New Plymouth

Coordinates: 39°16′0″S 174°6′0″E

Area: 341.7 km2 (131.9 sq mi)

Established: As a park 1900

Governing body: Department of Conservation - DOCS

The park receives massive annual precipitation as moist westerlies moving inland from the Tasman hit Mount Taranaki and the near by Pouakai and Kaitake ranges and are forced to rise. As the area has high annual rainfall and a mild climate on the coast, a lush rainforest covers the foothills.

Mt Taranaki -

Mount Taranaki, or Mount Egmont, is a volcano in the Taranaki region on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island.

Elevation: 2,518 m

Last eruption: 1854

Topo map: NZMS 169 Egmont National Park

First ascenders: Ernst Dieffenbach, James Heberly

Did you know: There are more than 300 kilometres of walking tracks, from ten-minute nature walks to the hard core three-day trek around the mountain.

Mt Taranaki is geologically young in age, having commenced activity approximately 135,000 years ago. With The most recent volcanic activity was the production of a lava dome in the crater and its collapse down the side of the mountain in the 1850s or 1860s. A moderate ash eruption occurred about 1755, of the size of Ruapehu's activity in 1995/1996. The last major eruption occurred around 1655. Recent research has shown that over the last 9,000 years minor eruptions have occurred roughly every 90 years

That being said - some scientists warn that a large eruption is "overdue". So Research indicates that significant seismic activity is likely again in the next 50 years. Winds would probably blow ash east, covering much of the North Island, and disrupting air routes and local water supplies

1900 Mt Egmont was officially listed as a National Park, the second national park in New Zealand.

Access -

There are three roads leading you part-way up the mountain. The highest is to East Egmont plateau, with a lookout and parking facilities for the skifield. Here you will see sub- alpine scrub and alpine herbfields.

Park visitor centres are located at North Egmont and at Dawson Falls on the southeast side. The eastern side from Stratford leads to the Stratford Mountain House, and the ski field. There is no road access on the western side. However, a road winds for 10 km through native bush over the saddle between Pouakai and Kaitake.

Unfortunately this was a partly clouding day once I left New Plymouth and for the whole time I spent in the park, Cloud was moving in from the East and kept shielding the higher peak of the mountain. I watched a waited but for how long, suddenly I was to get a glimpse of the summit/ Cone or Mt Taranaki but sadly the sun was in the worst position possible.

I would love to come back here to enjoy some of the many 300km of walking tracks this park has to offer or even a attempt to summit its peak.

This City and the Taranaki Region offers a really cool chilled vibe which is only about a 4 hour drive from either Auckland or 4.5 hours from Wellington.

The devine, lush green mountains of this region

Norman Herfurth

Indigo Photography

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