Egmont National Park Visitor Centre

North Egmont Visitor Centre is a Department of Conservation run visitor information centre for Mt Taranaki and Egmont National Park region.

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The visitor’s centre has comprehensive displays about Egmont National Park’s volcanic, natural and human history.

There is a cafe and souvenir shop onsite. There are also several short walks from the Egmont National Park Visitor Centre.

The shortest is a 180 metre, 4 minute, one-way walk through bush to a viewing platform and historic camphouse. The viewing platform provides views of Taranaki, the coastline and on a clear today inland to the central North Island mountains of Ruapehu, Ngaruahoe and Tongariro.

The Ambury Monument Walk is a 380 metre, 10 minute walk past the historic Camphouse building to the Ambury Monument. The Ambury Monument, is a memorial to climber Arthur Ambury, who tragically lost his life on June 3rd 1918, in an attempt to save William Edwin Gourlay, who had slipped on ice. Both men died when they fell over the bluff.

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Ambury Monument

From the Ambury Monument Walk you can return the way who came or continue onto the Nature Walk. The Nature Walk is a 780 metre 15 minute loop walk through native bush.

There is also several slightly longer walks the Connett Loop Track (40 minute loop), Mangoraka Loop Track (30 minute loop), and the Ngatoto Loop Track (45 minute – 1 hour loop). Visit the Department of Conservation page to learn more.

The historic camphouse mentioned above is the oldest building in the Egmont National Park. It was originally a military barracks used in New Plymouth during the Taranaki Land Wars of the 1860s. It was moved to North Egmont in 1891 to use for accommodation.

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