Mount Taranaki, (or Mount Egmont), is an active but quiescent stratovolcano in the Taranaki region on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island. Although the mountain is more commonly referred to as Taranaki, it has two official names under the alternative names policy of the New Zealand Geographic Board. The 2518 metre high mountain is one of the most symmetrical volcanic cones in the world.
Mount Taranaki dominates our weather and everyday life with its ever changing moods. The mountain provides excellent climbing, skiing, tramping and photography. The mountain is the source of over 50 rivers and streams and is a botanically unique area. It contains a wide variety of vegetation from sub-tropical semi coastal forest in the Kaitake ranges through to sub alpine herb fields 1800 metres on the main cone.
Visitors experience the enjoyment of walking or tramping through the unspoiled natural environment of Mount Taranaki, taking in the native bush with its fascinating scenery. Most people visit the mountain for a short time and then return home missing the wonderful bush tracks that are available in various parts of the Egmont National Park. Equipment required includes: strong footwear, a parka or waterproof coat, a small pack of food, and warm spare clothing. All routes are well defined, but just in case anything should go wrong, please advise people where you are going and when you expect to return.