Mount Taranaki Summit Track

Mount Taranaki Summit Track

Having been to the Taranaki region of New Zealand a number of times I had always wanted to climb it. This is the largest mountain I have ever walked up. We had to start at 7am as it Mount Taranaki is 2518 metres above sea level. There was very low cloud when starting out and we couldn’t see the summit but we hoped it would clear up and as you can see it did. I’ve shared a photo from the main road which shows the iconic shape with snow at the top, which you can’t see in this photo.

Mount Taranaki

Mount Taranaki, New Zealand

Also known as Mount Egmont, Mount Taranaki is an active volcano in the Taranaki region of New Zealand’s North Island. The good news is the last eruption was in 1854. The volcano stands at 2518 metres and is one of the most symmetrical cones in the world. It has been said to resemble Mount Fiji in Japan and has been used in movies as a backdrop for Mount Fiji including a movie called The Last Samurai.

This photograph was taken just a couple of kilometres north of Midhirst on state highway 3 between Hawera and New Plymouth. On the other side of the mountain is the Tasmin sea, though I have driven along state highway 3 many times and at different times of the day and night, I have yet to drive the coastal road along the west side of Mount Taranaki. Egmont National Park has a number of ski fields and alpine tracks. It is possible to climb to the volcanic crater.

Moorea’s Two Bays

Moorea's Two Bays

The Belvedere lookout has a reputation as one of the best views of the Moorea. It’s almost in the centre of this island, which is only ten miles across. From here we can see north towards Mount Rotui in the centre of the photograph. It is 900 metres or 2950 feet high and not the highest peak on the island but in my opinion the most spectacular. To the left is Ōpūnohu Bay and on the right of the mountain is Cook’s Bay.

Cooks Bay Moorea

Cooks Bay Moorea

This is the view looking east from the top of Magic Mountain. It took an experienced driver in a large 4×4 to get up there but it was well worth it for this view. This Ōpūnohu Bay with Mount Rotui behind. Just out of the photograph to the left is the Hilton hotel with it’s famous overwater accommodation. Moorea is an island in French Polynesia, just a few miles east of Tahiti.