Taranaki Pouakai Crossing

The Pouakai Crossing is Mt Taranaki’s premier one day walk. You’ll get great views of Mt Taranaki, out over the north Taranaki countryside to the coast and inland to Mt Ruapehu. You’ll get up close to the towering lava columns of the Dieffenbach cliffs, cross the active erosion scar of the Boomerang slip, and see the red water of the Kokowai Stream caused by manganese oxide oozing from the earth. There’s an optional side trip to the Stony River’s Bells Falls.

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The gnarled trunks and twisted, moss-covered branches give Egmont National Park its moniker of the 'goblin forest'. Photo by Rebecca Teng

The gnarled trunks and twisted, moss-covered branches give Egmont National Park its moniker of the 'goblin forest'. Photo by Rebecca Teng

A pathway along a ridge leading up a mountainside with the peak of Mt Taranaki in the distance, Egmont National Park

A pathway along a ridge leading up a mountainside with the peak of Mt Taranaki in the distance, Egmont National Park

A wooden bridge with a handrail traversing marshy tussock land extending to the base of mountains in the distance on the Pouakai Crossing

A wooden bridge with a handrail traversing marshy tussock land extending to the base of mountains in the distance on the Pouakai Crossing

A brown mountain with remnants of snow on its peak reflected in a very still tarn on the Pouakai Crossing, New Zealand

A brown mountain with remnants of snow on its peak reflected in a very still tarn on the Pouakai Crossing, New Zealand

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The Pouakai Crossing is a self-guided full-day hike on the slopes of Mount Taranaki in the Egmont National Park, North Island, New Zealand.

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