"Road Trip to Taranaki." Taranaki by kiwi

Taranaki Travel Guide: 27 reviews and 63 photos

A formidable Mountain.

The European settlers named it Mt Egmont, but the local Maori had named it Taranaki. These days we revert to the correct name Taranaki.
This is in fact the second highest volcano in the country at 2518m, and is still expected to erupt at any time. It's classified as being "overdue" for another eruption! It's last eruption of any significant magnitude, was in 1655, so now over 300 yrs later, it could blow again.
Taranaki hasn't really shown any activity for 200 years, though.

The Last Samurai

They filmed "The Last Samurai" down here in Taranaki. Here's the village set.

  • Last visit to Taranaki: Mar 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2005 at 12:27 PM

    Thanks for the pictures Pam. I am looking into the area the helicopter may have crashed. It must be North from here, but I wondered if they went from Mokau to Wanganui in a straight line or wanted to take a look at Mt. Tanaki. PJ

  • cnango's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2005 at 9:55 PM

    Thanks Pam this really looks like a nice place ! Will go here for sure!

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2005 at 12:14 PM

    Oh it is called tgaranaki now. I walked up a short way when itv was Mt Egmont. Made my first snowman.

  • asturnut's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2005 at 3:19 AM

    Stunning! Neat factoid about "The Last Samurai"

  • MEdelmann's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2003 at 1:49 PM

    A good restaurant tip, would like to see more of Taranaki ...


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