Abel Tasman once said of Mount Egmont (Mt Taranaki) that it was the ‘noblest hill he had ever seen…’ The spectacular snow-capped volcanic cone thrusts up from the flat farmland and bush and is visible for many kilometres in every direction.
A satellite map of the area shows that the mountain is at the heart of Taranaki and its rivers and streams are the lifeblood of the region as they stretch out in every direction like spider’s web. The mountain usually retains a crown of snow throughout the summer months and offers a fantastic base for a number of terrific well-used runs and adventurous off-piste terrain in the winter months.
The resort has something for everyone and is well set up to cater for families and there are plenty of steep runs for more serious skiers and riders.
The family-friendly and reasonably-priced Manganui Lodge can accommodate up to 33 people in simple but pleasant surroundings and is only a very short 15-20 minute walk to the Plateau car park.
The average snowfall is around 300cm and the mountain’s dramatic shape provides a couple of awesome natural half-pipes for riders as well as some epic kilometre long runs that would suit skiing fanatics. The views from up top are pretty amazing too. If you also fancy a surf at one of the legendary Taranaki beach points this winter, you can be there in less than an hour by car but be warned; the winter West Coast water is pretty chilly!
Editorial by Jooles Clements