Mount Taranaki is the predominant view in Taranaki and can be accessed from 3 different places. The nearest road to New Plymouth takes you from Egmont Village up to the North Egmont Visitor centre. Another road goes up the mountain from just North of Stratford but the most popular side takes you up to the Dawson falls. The drive up the mountain through the forest should not be hurried to take advantage of the forest scenery. There is a circular walk around the mountain and while it can be beautiful with the quick weather changes it can be deadly and suitable clothing is essential. On one occasion I went up Mount Egmont with some of the family and walked around part if the circular track which in some cases involved climbing up & down ladders. We were to come back by heading down to Lake Dive and on the descent the weather changed from a brilliant fine day to torrential rain so be warned go prepared.
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