Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time of the year to do a tour in Egmont National Park.

The summer outdoor season in Taranaki extends from about October to May but we conduct treks at all times of the year.

Our snow instruction courses are run during winter months and Mt Taranaki is well known for it's very accessible ice and snow climbing routes.

What should I bring with me?

Check out the general information on the Gear List page. Once you book a tour we'll send you a gear list specific to the route you have planned.

Who will carry the equipment?

You have two options:

  1. You carry a full kit, clothes, food and cooking equipment
  2. We can supply support staff to carry some of your gear should you require assistance.

How much water should I bring?

We advise carrying 3 litres of fluids during a summit attempt but less in treks which pass DOC huts where water bottles can be replenished. Tours of the Pouakai Ranges occasionally pass DOC huts.

Steams in the Park may contain the parasite Giardea which infects the intestines, causing chronic diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps and dehydration. So to drink from streams you'll need to either boil the water for at least 3 minutes, chemically treat or filter the water. Water supplied at DOC huts is drinkable clean roof-rain water.

Those climbing to the top of Mount Taranaki will need to carry enough water for a full day's exercise.

What food is best to take?

We advise you to bring something substantial. If you are hoping to complete a climb to the summit or participating in a day walk then pack something like sandwiches and supplement this with energy food to snack along the way. Snack bars by themselves are insufficient. Walking in the Park burns a lot of energy and you'll be grateful of a substantial packed lunch when the time comes.

On your request we'll fully cater for your group and supply all the food required for your tour.

How fit do I need to be?

That depends on what tour you are hoping to complete. For example the Pouakai Plateau day trip is suitable for families with children and requires a low level of fitness whereas the Pouakai crossing is a more demanding 8 - 9 hour trek.

If you are unsure of which tour would match your fitness give us a call for advice.

How fast will we be walking?

Don't worry, we'll adjust the pace of the walk to match your fitness. We want you to enjoy your experience of our great National Park.

What if the weather is bad?

Climbs and treks in Egmont National Park are weather dependent due to the exposed nature of the environment. Our Guides know the Park intimately and it's weather patterns.  If bad weather is forecast we'll get in touch with you one or two days before your trek and discuss alternatives. We'll also be in contact early on the day of your tour to let you know if the weather has become inclement.

Can I bring my kids?

Some tours suit children better than others and some children are more suited to adventure activities. We definitely encourage children to become active in the outdoors and have seen remarkable and life-changing achievements by young people in the Park. Your best call is to contact us and have a chat about what your child would like to achieve. 

Can I bring my dog?

To protect our vulnerable wildlife, dogs are prohibited in Egmont National Park. Guide Dogs are permitted however.

What if I get injured and do I need special insurance?

Taranaki has a highly experienced and free Search and Rescue service paid for by the taxpayer. However overseas visitors will need medical insurance in the unlikely event of hospitalisation.

In an emergency a Search and Rescue helicopter can pluck walkers from the Park within minutes but helicopters are not permitted to operate in Egmont National Park in non-emergency situations.

Can I get transport from New Plymouth?

If you require transport from New Plymouth our guide can pick you up from the city.

When: Pick up at 7.30 am
Cost
: $45.00 per person

For the classic Pouakai Crossing trek we'll supply a shuttle service to and from New Plymouth.

Who will be my Guide and are they experienced?

Ian McAlpine will be your senior guide. Ian is an experienced mountaineer who has completed over 1,700 ascents of Mount Taranaki and has been a Department of Conservation Guiding concessionaire since 1992.

 If you still have questions Ian is happy to share his knowledge.

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