Check out the mountain.
Drive up to Dawson Falls Visitors Centre and get a feel of being on the mountain.
Naturally it is a volcano, considered dormant and not extinct.
Mount Taranaki, or Mount Egmont as it's been known for years, dominates the region and effects it in so many ways, and last erupted 250 years ago.
With the classic situation of the moist westerly winds being forced to drop their load when hitting the mountain, there are several micro climates formed around the area.
This benefits the whole region and encourages the birdlife for one.
Just being on the mountain can help your get a feel for this phenomena.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Road Trip
- National/State Park
This highway goes along the coast around Mt Taranaki. It's famous for the good surf, so hire or buy a bodyboard/surfboard and go for it.
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Close to the sea, the town and the mountain. We stayed in a cabin with ensuite - it was very clean,...more
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