Hiking to the Mount Taranaki

This weekend we went on a 2-day hike in the Egmont National Park to admire the Mount Taranaki. The name Taranaki comes from 2 Māori words : ‘Tara’  which means ‘mountain peak’, and ‘naki’ which is thought to come from ngaki, meaning ‘shining’. And this name of shining Mountain peak really suits that place, especially when you have those amazing sun rays reflecting on the Majestic mount.  

We did the Pouakai Circuit, which takes around 13 hours. It was really breathtaking – in every sense of the term !  Breathtaking because it’s a long hike (with heaps of stairs, steep cliffs and muddy paths through the forest) but also breathtaking because of its sceneries.

We began the hike on the Saturday morning in order to get to the top quite early and have a chance to get a bed in the hutt. Indeed, at the top of the Pouakai Circuit (after 7-ish hours walk) you have the Pouakai Hutt where you can spend the night, but you only have 16 beds so the first arrived is the first served ! Otherwise, you can sleep on the ground near the fireplace or on your own mattress if you bring one 😉

Ce weekend nous avons fait une randonnée de 2 jours dans le Parc National d’Egmont afin d’admirer le Mont Taranaki.  Le nom de Taranaki vient de 2 mots Māori : ‘Tara’  qui signifie  ‘sommet de montagne’, and ‘naki’ qui vient de ngaki, et qui signifie  ‘brillant’. Et ce nom de sommet montagneux brillant lui va vraiment bien, surtout lorsque les rayons du soleil se reflètent sur ce majestueux Mont. 

Nous avons fait le circuit Pouakai, qui prend environ 13 heures. C’était vraiment à couper le souffle – dans tous les sens du terme !  A couper le souffle car c’est une longue randonnée (avec beaucoup de marches, de falaises abruptes et de chemins boueux au travers de la forêt) mais également à couper le souffle de par ses paysages. 

Nous avons commencé la randonnée le Samedi matin afin d’arriver en haut assez tôt pour avoir une chance d’avoir un lit dans le refuge. En effet, au sommet du circuit (après environ 7 heures de marche), vous avez la Pouakai Hutt où vous pourrez passer la nuit, mais il n’y a que 16 lits, ce qui fait que le premier arrivé est le premier servi ! Sinon, vous pouvez également dormir par terre près du feu de cheminée, ou sur votre matelas si vous en avez pris un 😉

Near the hutt, you have the beautiful mirror lake where you can admire the Mt Taranaki’s reflection when it’s too windy. It’s absolutely stunning !

We spent the night in the Hutt and then walked down on the Sunday (around 5 hours). Unfortunately, there was a hail storm on the Sunday morning so we couldn’t admire the sunrise from the top.

Près du refuge, vous avez le Lac Miroir où vous pouvez admirer la réflexion du Mont Taranaki lorsqu’il n’y a pas trop de vent. C’est absolument magnifique ! 

Nous avons passé la nuit au refuge avant de redescendre le lendemain (environ 5 heures de marche). Malheureusement, nous avons eu le droit à une tempête de grêle le Dimanche matin et nous avons pas pu admirer le lever de soleil. 

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If you want to do this hike, be sure to check the weather before going as it’s not an easy hike and you need to have a clear weather. We had a sunny weekend (except during the storm but which stopped around 10 am – because the weather can change really quickly at high altitudes) but as it had been raining a lot during the previous days, the tracks were really muddy. So don’t forget to bring good hiking shoes and warm clothes, water and food (don’t forget the diner if you want to spend the night in the hut – as well as a sleeping bag).

Si vous voulez faire cette randonnée, vérifiez bien la météo avant car ce n’est pas une randonnée facile et il faut avoir des bonnes conditions météorologiques. Pour nous, il faisait beau (à part la tempête pendant la nuit mais qui s’est arrêté vers 10h – car le temps change également très vite en altitude) mais comme il avait pas mal plu les jours précédents, les chemins étaient très boueux. Du coup, n’oubliez pas de prendre des bonnes chaussures de marche et des vêtements chauds, de l’eau et de la nourriture (pensez à prévoir le diner si vous passez la nuit au refuge – ainsi qu’un sac de couchage). 

 

To watch the video of our hike there, click here ! / Pour regarder la vidéo de notre randonnée, cliquez ici !

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52 thoughts on “Hiking to the Mount Taranaki

  1. New Zealand is my favorite place- when I was there we didn’t do this but I have to!! I went last spring and I went bungee jumping- have you ever done that? I have a really funny video that they took of me crying hahaha. Have a great day!

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  2. So beautiful!! Ahh, you are making me miss hiking the mountains there…although I have yet to do multi-day hikes, I got used to hiking different trails that I really really miss it some days…:(

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      1. So many memorable ones!!! It’s hard to choose which ones are my favourites now that you are making me think…hmmm…I did a lot in Nelson and Rotorua cos I was based there mostly so I guess some of my favourite hikes are there! 🙂

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      1. I’m definitely keen to get there, but living in the South Island it’s not straightforward. I could see it in the distance when I was up Mt Ruapehu in March this year, just didn’t have enough days to go there.

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