The diverse environment and rich cultural history of this iconic mountain will always impress.
Pouaki Crossing - Te Papakura o Taranaki's premier 2–3 day tramp offers spectacular views of Taranaki Maunga and the surrounding countryside. The 25 km track passes through forest, alpine tussock fields and the unique Ahukawakawa Swamp. Witness the turmoil of centuries of volcanic activity and the red water of the Kokowai Stream caused by manganese oxide oozing from the earth. Visit the mighty Bells Falls (side trip) and watch the water cascade over an ancient lava flow. Pass through the fragile Ahukawakawa Swamp, with golden tussocks and summer flowers.
From December to April, fit and well-equipped trampers can enjoy spectacular scenery from the summit of Taranaki Maunga. From May to November, the mountain is covered in snow and ice - mountaineering experience and equipment is required.

Around the Mountain Circuit (AMC) offers you spectacular bush and alpine scenery. It is best tramped from October to April. It is a challenging track that passes through forest, rivers and spectacular alpine scenery. High and low level options exist for some sections, with higher level options recommended for their scenery. In winter conditions, high level tracks may be impassable due to snow. Lower level tracks are prone to tree windfalls and can be overgrown at times.

The track is suitable for experienced trampers with backcountry experience and good navigation skills. You'll need to look carefully for track markers/poles in some places. Be prepared to backtrack in order to reorientate yourself. A good topographic map is essential for navigation.

Many streams are unbridged and can become impassable after heavy rain.


There are a number of short walks from the Te Papakura o Taranaki Visitor Centre (Just a 30 minute drive from New Plymouth)