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    Mount Taranaki/Egmont dominates the landscape in Taranaki. The land has been shaped by volcanic activity long ago. forming Mt Taranaki/Egmont, the Pouakai and Kaitake Ranges. The mudflows from Pouaki and Mt Taranaki/Egmont have left vast lahars which can be seen best on the western plain around the mountains. The Sugar Loaves, eroded stumps of an old volcano crater off the coast of New Plymouth, have been declared a marine park because their deep canyons, numerous lava-rock caves, and the convergence of warm northern currents and cold southern currents attract diverse marine life.

    Taranaki - Mount Egmont north side
    Taranaki - Mount Egmont north side - Credit- Peter Hunt

    Along Taranaki's coast are many 25-metre tall pinnacles separated long ago from the 100-metre distant cliffs. At present they stand tall but the sea will eventually erode them away. To view these tall pinnacles walk along the White
    Cliffs walkway between Pukearuhe and Tongaporutu. Look for White Cliff Walkway signs. If you can only afford half an hour, visit the outstanding Three Sisters at Tongaporutu. The drive along the Surf Highway offers beautiful scenery and passes through interesting small settlements full of history. The beaches offer excellent surfing and windsurfing spots with a choice between family beaches and more demanding surf.

    Taranaki has a typical west coast climate with a good deal of rain. Visitors must keep watching for a glimpse of the beautiful cone-shaped mountain as it is often hidden in cloud which can clear most unexpectedly. Around the foot of the mountain is rich farmland ideal for dairy farming. Along the Taranaki coast are numerous beaches with strong surf. With the discovery of natural gas off the coast a large petrochemical industry has been developed.

    In Egmont National Park there are areas of subalpine forest and rainforest, mountain streams and waterfalls, and volcanic landforms. It includes Mt Taranaki/Egmont and the Kaitake Range to the northwest. There are visitor centres on the north, east and south sides of Mt Taranaki/Egmont giving information on walks ranging from easy walks to demanding climbs.

    The main centre in the area is New Plymouth which is well known for its coastal walk, the contemporary art museum the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery with the Len Lye feature, the museum/library Puke Ariki, and its beautiful gardens, especially Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust a short distance from the town.

    Taranaki - Dairy Farm with Mount Egmont in background
    Taranaki - Dairy Farm with Mount Egmont in background - Credit- Peter Hunt

    Hawera in the south is the centre for the flourishing dairy industry.

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