Mount Taranaki, New Plymouth, New Zealand (with Map & Photos)

Mount Taranaki

Mount Taranaki
is located near the city of New Plymouth, New Zealand. It is an active volcano, its height reaches 2518 m. True, it is quite young, it became active only 135 thousand years ago, and its last awakening dates back to the 19th century. Due to its resemblance to Mount Fuji, the Taranaki volcano appeared as a background in the film The Last Samurai. Translated from the Maori language, "Taranaki" means "Shiny Mountain".

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Mount Taranaki

Captain Cook called it Mount Egmont after the first Lord of the Admiralty, Earl of Egmont, who helped organize and implement Cook's first voyage. On May 29, 1986, it was officially accepted that the volcano will bear two names “Mount Taranaki” and “Mount Egmont”.

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Mount Taranaki

The area around the Mount Taranaki, like most of New Zealand, is almost uninhabited. There is a ski resort on the slopes of the volcano, but its popularity is not great among the local population and even more so among tourists. It's a long way to go from the nearest town, there are no hotels, old ski lifts, no Internet, it takes about 40 minutes to walk from the car parking to the ski slope.

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Mount Taranaki

Mount Taranaki is visited mainly by hikers, wildlife lovers, and just people who want to see the most beautiful places in New Zealand. Favorite activities of tourists are: skiing and snowboarding, hiking, and for those who prefer extreme rest, they organize an ascent to the very peak of the mountain. Due to difficult weather conditions, climbing is allowed only in summer.

Mount Taranaki Map