Explore the most popular Cities in Taranaki with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Wed Feb 06 2019

Promenade dans la forêt jusque une toute petite cascade

Tue Feb 05 2019

peu d'intérêt pour cette marche en forêt, pas de vue, que des marches dont certaines très hautes qui ne sont pas très safe pour les genoux

Sat Feb 02 2019

An amazing short hike. So beautiful on a clear day!

Wed Jan 30 2019

Simply outstanding. Nature at its finest. The walking tracks are varied and visually pleasing. The swimming options abundant. Nothing better than experiemcibg nauture oh natural...

Wed Jan 30 2019

Simply outstanding. True beauty and magnificent walking and swimming options.

mountain biking
Sun Jan 13 2019

There are awesome mountain bike trails here.

Sat Jan 05 2019

A very good not too difficult walk if of reasonable fitness. Extremely steep climb up the infamous Puffer Track, ( a gravel 4 wheel drive track) combined with native bush. Excellent views from both Makatawa track, and the Tower

Wed Jan 02 2019

This track leads to spectacular views of Mt Taranaki and beautiful alpine scenery. Lots of interesting alpine plants and temperate rainforest to see along the way. In days gone by this track was very wet underfoot and on occasions was the equivalent of walking up a stream on wet days. It has now been more or less completely covered with boards so is an easy walk up to the Hut. Unfortunately this has now resulted in a huge increase in visitors. One to avoid if you are after some solitude

Sun Dec 30 2018

Easy leisurely stroll in the beautiful native bush with some history along the way. Child friendly

Tue Dec 25 2018

A great loop track taking in Alpine tussock country and montane forest. A few small river crossings that should be negotiated with care after heavy rain. The Lower Lake Dive track can be very wet underfoot.

Wed Dec 19 2018

We did this walk by starting up the puffer track to the lookout, then back via the Veronica loop. Nice walk, not completely maintained. Good for a short walk (40mins)

Fri Dec 14 2018

Amazing views on Mount Taranaki.

Sun Nov 18 2018

So beautiful, make sure you hike up beside the pools, it gets more magical the higher you climb, go for a dip too :)

Sun Nov 04 2018

I loved this trail because it was a bit different. You get a nice historical leisurely hike through beautiful wilderness.

Mon Oct 22 2018

This tramp was amazing. Lots of stairs and some sections are quite steep. Coming down past Henry Peak towards the visitors centre was very rough. Lots of tree roots, mud, and large step ups/downs. Poles are highly recommend if you are shorter. Park at the Kaiauai car park, take that to Kokowai Track, that connects with Holly Hut track past the section that is closed due to a slip. There is a side trip about 40 min from Holly Hut to Bells Falls- so worth it! We stayed in Holly Hut the first night and walked the second half the next day. 5.5 hours each both days, including the side trip to Bells Falls. It took us about 3.5 hours to get from the Kaiauai car park to Holly Hut. If you park at the visitors centre it supposedly adds an extra 90 min at the start and end.

Wed Oct 17 2018

a great track full of amazing views....

Sat Oct 06 2018

Short and quick little hike that is straight up. Great vistas of New Plymouth and the Tasman Sea. The entire hike is stairs and an ascending rock scramble that uses metal chains for stability. So be physically prepared for a short but aggressive ascent.

Fri Sep 07 2018

Took 10 minutes to climb up. Nice views at the top of New Plymouth, Mt. Taranaki, and the Tasman Sea.

Sun Aug 12 2018

It’s hard but I highly recommend that. The view is amazing, unforgettable!!!

Sun Jul 22 2018

Nice walk; not very challenging but nice environment...definitely wouldn't do it in flip flops though unless you want to get your feet ripped up on the gravel and high potential to slide in the muddy sections...we walked it in winter....

Tue Jun 05 2018

Loved! It’s a beautiful hike and the trail is...interesting. They aren’t joking when they say it isn’t maintained. The forest is taking over that one fore sure.

Sun Jun 03 2018

Great walk. Great track. Gorgeous views. Very much recommended.

Sat May 19 2018

Great track to walk/run. I went to TOPEC and did their rogaine course they set up. No way it should be difficult. Loved it

Sat May 19 2018

Amazing track to walk/run along

Fri May 04 2018

Fun track, at the top end of the loop divert up for another 15mins to get to the viewing point.

Mon Feb 26 2018

Excellent short circuit to some pristine running pools with a great view of the region from said pools. Really beautiful especially the sounds and the running creeks on the way back down. Be careful at the pools themselves as the rocks are quite slippery and their is no stairs/handrails.

Tue Feb 06 2018

Moderate hike thru wonderful forest with thousands of steps and demanding hills. Very low traffic, scenic lookout and greats bridges over troubled water. Add the loop to the Dawson Falls and the Wilky pools for a perfect afternoon.

Sun Jan 21 2018


Thu Dec 21 2017

It was not quite what I was expecting, the bush was really thick and the bugs were swarming us the whole time. It probably would have been fine, but we had our 8 month old baby strapped on and she was unhappy about it. We ended up turning around mid way and coming back. Would have been cool to make it to the top, but it just wasn’t the Hike for us

Wed Apr 12 2017

Good view of the 'naki!

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