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.
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.
We managed to get a pretty good deal from the looks of things, but this hotel was excellent in terms...more
484 Ararata Road, Hawera, 4800, New Zealand
42 Powderham Street, (Formerly Grand Central Hotel), New Plymouth, Taranaki, 4601, New Zealand
Good for: Couples