TARANAKI: NEW PLYMOUTH

23-Aug-17

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North Egmont Visitor Centre

star rating of 4.5

by Chris Gaelic

2679 Egmont Rd, Egmont National Park, Taranaki

Phone: 06-756 0990

rvexplorer id: 20645

Entrance to the Visitor Centre and Cafe

Entrance to the Visitor Centre and Cafe

Entrance to the main parking area

Entrance to the main parking area

Freedom Campers in the designated parking area

Freedom Campers in the designated parking area

Reception in the Visitor Centre

Reception in the Visitor Centre

DOC sign with all of the walks

DOC sign with all of the walks

 

The North Egmont Visitor Centre is a stunning location at the base of Mt Taranaki. There are walking tracks, and a cafe for refreshments. 

 

We visitied at the end of winter with our good friends who live in New Plymouth. It was a beautiful clear day, with snow on Mt Taranaki, and we could see the three mountains, Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe, in the distance.

 

We had a look through the visitor centre, which has some interesting displays about the geology of the area around Mount Taranaki, and of course, afternoon tea in the cafe.

 

There is only limited parking set aside for motor caravanners, but we understand that the carpark, while almost empty on our visit, can completely fill up on busy days.

 

This is a great location to get some much needed excercise, with a variety of walks that range from a few minutes, to a full day if you want to do the summit climb.

 

Please note that the access road can become icy in the winter, so check with DOC, or the local i-Site, before driving up - especially if you're in a front-wheel drive motorhome.

 

The Visitor Centre with Mt Taranaki in the background

The Visitor Centre with Mt Taranaki in the background

 

Freedom Camping area with Visitor Centre and Mt Taranaki

Freedom Camping area with Visitor Centre and Mt Taranaki

 

Inside the Cafe

Inside the Cafe

 

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