Kaitake Range Explorer

The smallest of three volcanoes

The Kaitake volcanic cone boasts coastal views, rain forest, panoramic vistas and unique native flora.

This trek caters for a group of up to 10 people and is suitable for inbound tour groups, tramping clubs, school and family trips.

: 6 hour walk return
: moderate - easy
: 10km

Cameras are recommended.

What you can look forward to

The Kaitake Range (682m) in Taranaki's Egmont National Park, is the backdrop to the popular surfing township of Oakura. The lowland forest this area is surprisingly different from the rest of the park. A wide diversity of semi-coastal rain forest and smaller plants grow in profusion over the eroded remnants what was once a volcano larger than Mount Taranaki itself.

Rural beginnings

You'll begin your walk at the end of Surrey Hills Road and climb through farmland, following marker poles to the edge of Egmont National Park.  Davies Track will lead you through bush land to Patuha Trig, the summit of this smaller peak . You'll drop down the western slopes via Waimoku Track to Lucy's Gulley. This popular area of the park features a stand of Californian redwood trees, planted in the 1930s and protected by a special dispensation in the Egmont National Park Management Plan.

If you have an interest in native flora you'll love the luxuriant nikau, titoke, kohekohe, and puriri trees. Pukeatea and karaka also tower over silver fern and a range of smaller native plants.

Still have energy to burn?

Ask your guide to cap your Kaitake Range Day Trip with a walk along one of the local wild West Coast beaches.

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

Do you need transport?

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

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

Contact Mt Taranaki Guided Tours for further information.


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