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Pouakai Crossing, Taranaki

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Pouakai CrossingBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Chris Wheatley

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New Plymouth

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

4:00 (Slow)
3:15 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)



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This is the very popular Pouakai Crossing track. The track takes you up a ridge from North Egmont Visitors Centre to the around the mountain track heading west towards Holly Hut. If needed the hut is a couple of minutes off the track where you can stop for a water refill. The track then crosses the Ahukawakawa Swamp, separating the main mountain peak from the Pouakai Ranges, before climbing up to the ridge tops of the Pouakais. Next you follow the track to Pouakai Hut before descending down to the road end at Mangorei Rd.

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Features of interest

Crossing the swamp with awesome views back at Mt Taranaki

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 25%

Moderate Single Track: 50%

Easy Single Track: 25%

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Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each

Pouakai Hut and Tarns

Pouakai Hut and Tarns

Length: 12.30km

Pouakai Summit

Pouakai Summit

Length: 16.70km

Holly Hutt Track

Holly Hutt Track

Length: 16.00km

Pouakai Circuit

Pouakai Circuit

Length: 24.00km


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  • Access

    Start at the North Egmont Visitors Centre

    Lots of parking there. The crossing is a point to point track so you will need to arrange a drop off or pick up at either end. Taranaki Mountain Shuttles can do this.

    29 km

    30 minutes



  • Staying Safe


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    The track is very well signposted and a popular walk for trampers

    Generally good.

    Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Available at the huts.

    During winter the tops are prone to snow cover

    Be careful crossing Boomerang slip, advised to cross one at a time as its pretty unstable and prone to rocks being knocked down

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