It’s often been asked – where in the world can you snow-ski in the morning and sea-surf in the afternoon. The answer is Taranaki, a region where a snow-topped 2518m mountain and a superb surf coastline are just 30 minute’s drive apart.
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This means keen skiers and snowboarders can hit the slopes of the Manganui Skifield in the morning; then take the downhill drive to Surf Highway 45 in the afternoon, catching a break along a coastline renowned throughout the world as one of the best and most consistent.
Tramping (or hiking) is one of the most popular activities on Mt Taranaki, and you can choose from a selection of different types…15-minute jaunts to fern-frond-kissed waterfalls and short meanders through the lush national park, to five-day around-the-mountain expeditions.
However, there’s way more to see and do on our treasured mountain – mountaineering, rock-climbing and abseiling are just some of the activities offered to visitors and locals alike.
Climbing to the summit is a popular aspiration in the summer months (December to April) but is recommended for fit and healthy adventurers as it takes five hours to ascend and three hours to descend. The skifield is usually open from June to September, dependent on snow cover and weather.
However, please take note. Mt Taranaki is not only legendary for its beauty, but also for its ever-changing weather conditions and even on a fine day during a short walk, visitors are advised to carry warm and weather-proof clothing.
Mt Taranaki is best accessed via Egmont Rd at Egmont Village to North Egmont; Pembroke Rd at Stratford to East Egmont; and Manaia Rd at Kaponga to Dawson Falls. Check out Department of Conservation centres or i-SITE visitor centres for route advice, equipment requirements and duration times.