Around the Mountain Circuit – Egmont National Park

Timings Dawson falls to Waiaua Gorge Hut: 3 hours 50 minutes Waiaua Gorge Hut to Kahui Hut: 3 hours 15 minutes Kahui Hut to Holly Hut: 3 hours 40 minutes Holly Hut to Dawson Falls: 5 hours Day one We spent Friday night at Konini Lodge, by Dawson Falls. MetService had been warning of “severe … Read more

Taranaki West Side Story

Mt Taranaki West Side Story The stories of climbing trips to the seldom visited west side of Mt Taranaki and the final successful climb to the summit The unexpurgated version CHAPTER 1   Mr. Taranaki Maunga This latest collapse sent a massive avalanche of volcanic debris … CHAPTER 2   West Side Story – the recce mission … Read more

Taranaki West Side Story – the missing chapter

Taranaki west side

Taranaki West Side Story – the missing chapter An attempt to climb Mt Taranaki via the seldom visited western side of the mountain. The policeman standing at the end of the track asked me, “did you see any pink ribbons?”  And then immediately said, “I hope you didn’t try to climb to the summit from … Read more

West Side Story…the recce mission


This trip was inspired by a crazy overnight ascent of the south side of Taranaki back in November when I realised I had now climbed Taranaki from the North, East and South sides which left only the western aspect to complete the compass points. A lot of googling and asking around revealed very little information … Read more