Mount Taranaki is without a doubt the most beautiful mountain I have seen. We took a trip to find it just a couple of days ago, it was a long drive but definitely worth it. We took the Mangorei Track to Pouakai Tarns. The path was stunning as it winds up and up through the enchanted forest. Just follow the boardwalk to Pouakai hut and head left towards the tarns ten minutes from there. There is a water tank at the hut where you are able to refill and even stay for fifteen dollars a night. We arrived for sunset, had a picnic and watched the mountain as the clouds circled and danced around the summit. If you walk back in the dark keep an eye out for the glowworms!
The boundary between protected and non-protected areas is very clear in this satellite image of the Egmont National Park, New Zealand – as we see here between the green, densely forested area and surrounding agricultural landscape.
The land here was first formally protected in 1881, within a 9.6 km radius of the mountain summit. With high rainfall and a mild coastal climate, the park is home to a lush rainforest, with some plants unique to the park.
Mount Egmont (or Mount Taranaki) is considered an active volcano, although it has been dormant for over 150 years.