TARANAKI POUAKAI CROSSING
FROM $450 PER PERSON (INCLUDES TRANSPORT)
The Pouakai Crossing is Taranaki's premier one-day walk. If you're only completing one hike while visiting - make this the one you do. You'll discover a stream that runs red, a mighty waterfall, a sphagnum moss wetland, the famous mirror lakes and spectacular views in this 'snapshot' of Egmont National Park.
Starting low on the slopes of the mountain, the day begins walking through gnarled and twisted trees dripping with mosses and ferns. Watch the red water oozing out of the ground along the Kokowai Stream as your guide explains the cultural importance of this area to local Maori.
Higher up the mountain enjoy views over the fragile Ahukawakawa Swamp - this unique microclimate is home to many plant species - some unusual at this altitude and some found nowhere else in the world.
The mighty Bells Falls waterfall is an optional side-trip from our lunch spot at Holly Hut (if time permits).
Crossing the wetland, the terrain changes as the trail climbs up through mountain cedar to the golden tussocks of the Pouakai Plateau and the famous tarns with their mirror reflections of Mt Taranaki. On a clear day, enjoy spectacular views of the mountain and out to the coast before descending through goblin forest to the trail end.
On your trip our knowledgeable guide will help you interpret the magical surroundings, providing you with information about the park's cultural and conservation history and the unique native birds and plants around you.