The Pouakai Crossing

The Pouakai Crossing one-day Trekking tour

Wilderness day trip

Pouakai Crossing, Mt Egmont National Park
Mt Taranaki Guided Tours offer this new one day guided trekking tour.  Experience cold mountain springs, ancient lava flows, unique vegetation and wetlands, spectacular views of Mt Taranaki.
The Pouakai Crossing is the sister walk of the Tongariro Crossing in Tongariro National park and caters for a group of 2 to 15 people. This walk is suitable for inbound tour groups, tramping clubs, school and family trips.


Time: 8 to 9 hour walk

Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 24 kilometers

Group size: 3 to 15 people

Cost: Prices are dependent on group numbers and season.
Contact Mount Taranaki Guided Tours
for details.

Cameras are recommended.

What you can look forward to

You'll enter the Egmont National Park at the North Egmont Visitor's Centre and exit at the end of Mangorei Road, in the Taranaki pasture land not far from the city of New Plymouth. Take in great views of both Mt Taranaki itself and surrounding scenery, as you progress on well maintained trails to historic Holly Hut.

The trek crosses the distinctive Ahukawakawa Wetlands, over the Stoney River bridge, and up the Pouakai Spur to the Pouakai Plateau. The highest point at of the trail is  1400 metres above sea level.

Trekkers on the Pouakai Crossing, Mt Taranaki

Heading east trekkers can visit the scenic

Pouakai Tarns, a popular spot for photographs on a clear day. Then descend passed the Pouakai Hut on the Department of Conservation's newly upgraded Mangorei Track.

This trekking route has been described as 'The best one day walk in the west'. You'll pass through varied and spectacular volcanic terrain, in the presence of Taranaki’s two largest volcanic cones, experience some of Egmont National Parks most distinctive scenery. 

At the road end you'll be driven back to New Plymouth.

Who will carry the equipment?

There are 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 to the North Egmont Information Centre our guide can pick you up from the city.

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

Contact Mt Taranaki Guided Tours to book your tour of the stunning Pouakai Plateau.



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