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The best way to experience Taranaki is by foot, from one of the province's best kept secrets - a walking trail. Covering every corner of the region, and all levels of fitness, walking in Taranaki will take you deep into the heart of our unique natural environment.
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Taranaki boasts magnificent gardens, the iconic Mt Taranaki, a spectacular national park, three marine reserves, iron sand beaches fringed with great surf, wonderful lakes, a vibrant art and cultural scene, gourmet cafes and restaurants, museums and galleries, and a range of activities for those with a sense of fun and adventure. A network of walking tracks and pathways provides visitors with a link between these many attractions, and a unique perspective of the dramatic Taranaki landscape. These trails offer you the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life and help you discover some of the region’s many reserves, parks, areas of historical interest and natural beauty. In this booklet we highlight some of the best scenic tracks and pathways the region has to offer, from exploring the alpine splendour of the Wilkies Pools Track to meandering along one of our coastal paths. Discovering Taranaki by foot will give you an experience like no other.

Name of walk (route no.) Distance Grade of walk Approx. time
Egmont National Park      
(1) Pouakai Circuit 23.4km Moderate/Strenuous 2 - 3 day circuit
(2) York Loop Track 7.0km Moderate 3 hrs
(3) Potaema Track 0.6km  Easy (Barrier-free)  15 - 20 mins
(4) Mt Taranaki Summit Track 14kms return  Strenuous  8 - 12 hrs
(5) Wilkies Pools Loop Track 2.3km Easy/Moderate 1 - 1.5 hrs
(6) Kapuni Loop Track 2.0km Moderate 1 - 1.5hrs
New Plymouth District      
(7) Mt Damper Falls Walk 2.0 km  Easy  40mins - 1 hr 
(8) Whitecliffs Walkway 6.5 -14km Moderate  4 - 7 hrs
(9) Waitara Heritage Trail 6.0 km Easy/Moderate  1.5 hrs 
(10) Mangati/Hickford Park Walkways 6.0 km Moderate/Strenuous  2 - 2.5 hrs 
(11) New Plymouth Coastal Walkway 7.0 km  Easy/Moderate  1.5 - 2 hrs 
(12) Te Henui Walkway 5.9 km Easy/Moderate 2 hrs (circular) 
(13) Tupare Walkway 1.0 km Moderate  up to 2 hrs 
(14) Huatoki Walkway 5.0 km Moderate/Strenuous  1.5 hrs 
(15) Pukekura Park   3.0 km Easy/Moderate  1.5 hrs 
 (16) Barrett Domain 3.0 km Moderate/Strenuous  1 -1.5 hrs 
 (17) Ratapihipihi Scenic Reserve Track 1.9 km  Easy  up to 1 hour 
 (18) Lake Mangamahoe 3 - 6 km Strenuous  1.5 to 2 hrs 
 (19) Meeting of the Waters/Araheke Bush Walk  3.0 km return Easy  2 hrs 
 Stratford District      
 (20) Stratford Heritage Walkway 1.0 km Easy  30 - 40 mins 
 (21) Carrington Walkway 3 - 9 km  Easy/Moderate  1 - 4.5 hrs 
 (22) Cardiff Centennial Walkway 3.0 km Moderate/Strenuous  1.5 hrs 
 (23) Hollard Gardens 2.0 km  Easy  up to 2 hrs 
 South Taranaki District      
 (24) Opunake Walkway 7.0 km  Easy/Moderate  3 - 4 hrs 
 (25) Ohawe Beach to Waihi Beach Coastal Walk 5.0 km  Moderate 2.5 hrs return 
(26) Lake Rotokare Walkway 4.2 km  Easy/Moderate  1.5 hrs - 2 hrs 
(27) Lake Rotorangi Walkway  1.5 km  Easy 40 mins 
(28) Patea River Walkway  1.5 km  Easy/Moderate 1.5 hrs 


Walkway Classification

Paths
Paths are well formed and provide for easy walking suitable for all ages and most
fitness levels. Access is provided on a durable surface such as concrete, chip seal or compacted gravel. Many paths cater for people with mobility difficulties or limitations and children in mountain buggies or prams.

Short Walk
Short walks are well formed and provide for up to one hours easy walking suitable for most ages and fitness levels.

Walking Track
Walking tracks cater for those who want an extended walk that takes from a few
minutes to one full day return. These tracks are usually reasonably easy day trips and are required to be of a standard to enable use by relatively inexperienced visitors with a low level of backcountry skill and low level of risk. Some may be suitable for cyclists or mountain bikers as well as pedestrians.

Easy Tramping Track
These tracks cater for less experienced trampers expecting a low risk experience in the backcountry. They will generally be multi day tramping tracks and some may be suitable for mountain bikers as well as pedestrians.

Tramping Track
These tracks cater for backcountry adventurers including trampers, hunters, anglers
and mountaineers. A few may be suitable for mountain bikers. The tracks generally
follow the lie of the land and are commonly not formed.

Barrier Free
Barrier free standard is where there is a demonstrated demand or significant potential use by physically disabled people. Where a track has been developed to be a barrier free standard, the facilities associated with the track including bridges, shelters, toilets and display signs should also cater for people with disabilities. Barrier free design strives to make the built environment accessible to and usable by all persons. It promotes integration and independence through design that is safe, functional and dignified for everyone.


Hints for Walkers

Walking is one of the most accessible pastimes; you can safely walk in towns or in
the easy countryside without any specialist clothing, equipment or skills. However,
if you plan to go deeper into the countryside you will be more comfortable and
safe if you take a little time to prepare and follow a few simple safety instructions.
If you intend to go into more remote and rugged areas, good planning and
preparation is essential.

General Safety Rules
• Always check the weather forecast before setting off and dress for the
expected weather conditions, carry extra clothing in case the unexpected
happens and the weather changes.
• Wear comfortable sturdy footwear suitable for walking.
• Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
• Remember, if the walk you are going on is one way only, allow time and energy
for your return leg.
• Make sure you have plenty to eat and drink.

Environment Care
• Respect the plants, wildlife and the natural environment.
• Have consideration for others.
• Remove all rubbish you take with you or use the rubbish bins provided.
• Never light fires.
• Take only photographs and memories.

Personal Safety
• Check for tides for some of the coastal walks and where paths cross river
mouths. It is essential that you check the tide tables before you leave.
• Avoid using river walks during times of or forecasted heavy rain as flooding
may occur.
• Don’t walk alone, particularly in bush or secluded areas.
• You should not walk in remote areas without a good basic knowledge of first
aid. At least one person in a party should know how to bandage an ankle or
apply a splint to a broken limb, be able to recognise the signs of hypothermia
or heat exhaustion and know how to respond.
• Always carry a first aid kit. Ready- made first aid kits are available from many
of the outdoor shops.
• The fundamental rule of first aid is warmth, rest and reassurance.
• In cold weather the greatest danger is hypothermia or exposure. To avoid it
make sure you have enough warm clothing, extra food and plenty of water. In
warm weather, the main hazards are sunburn, windburn and dehydration. Sun
hats, sunscreen and water can prevent serious sunburn or heatstroke.

Don’t underestimate the amount of water that you will need. It is
recommended drinking 1.5 – 2 litres of water a day for an active lifestyle and
you will need more if you are walking strenuously and/or if the weather is hot.

 
 
  Whitecliffs Walk. Photo: Rob Tucker  
 


 
  Pukekura Park. Photo: Rob Tucker  
 
A Walker's Guide to Taranaki
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