Mt Taranaki

Pre-match jaunt – Dawson Falls

There’s a range of walks from the Dawson Falls Visitor Centre. One short steep descent through rainforest takes you to the base of Dawson Falls from Manaia Rd. Or get a taste of mountain scenery on an easy track through ‘Goblin Forest’. Begin at the picnic area above the visitor centre and follow signs. After 450m the track reaches a series of stairs from where it continues on to Wilkies Pools. Return via the same route.

Dropkick the hangover – North Egmont

The visitor centre here houses displays of the European and Maori history of Mount Taranaki as well as information on historic volcanic activity and ecology of the area. A small café eases the stay and DOC retail staff can help with track information and weather updates. Nearby the viewing platform offers stunning views of the region.