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Tahurangi Traverse, Taranaki

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Tahurangi TraverseBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Chris Wheatley

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New Plymouth

Front country - easily accessible



Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner - Intermediate

2:00 (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



The track has changed a bit, "Jacob's ladder" part is now closed. The track veers off just before it. It is signposted so no issues for navigation.

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Start on the Translator Rd. Its a gravel 4WD track that winds its way up the mountain towards the TV translator and Tahurangi Lodge (private hut). Steep gravel track until the 'Puffer' - a very steep concrete track following the final ridge up to the translator. Pass by Tahurangi Lodge heading on the summit track but take the first right hand track onto the 'Round the Mountain' track heading towards Holly Hut, passing through Hongis valley. Follow this track around the mountain descending Jacobs Ladder at the junction with the Holly Hut track. Turn right and head down the track back to North Egmont.

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Features of interest

Trail takes you up fairly high on the mountain.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 60%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 40%

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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

Holly Hutt Track

Holly Hutt Track

Length: 16.00km

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Kokowai Loop

Length: 13.00km

Pouakai Circuit

Pouakai Circuit

Length: 24.00km


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  • Access

    Start at the North Egmont Visitors Centre. Park at the upper carpark and walk up towards the Camphouse. Start at the Translator Rd (summit) track.

    Lots of parking available at the visitors centre but in peak season on good weather days this can become limited.

    29 km

    30 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Easy to follow the track but it can be rough in places.

    Generally good.

    Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).

    None available

    During winter it does snow on the trail or lie in the valleys making it difficult to pass without appropriate mountaineering gear. Some parts of the trail are very exposed.

    General mountain alpine environment hazards

  • Post run indulgence

    Cafe at North Egmont Visitors Centre
    North Egmont
    Nice spot to warm up before the drive home

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