Pouakai Circuit


Egmont National Park Visitor Centre to Holly Hut (Time: 3 - 4 hours)

From the Camphouse, the well-formed track steadily climbs through montane forest and sub-alpine scrub. You’ll have excellent views of the Waiwhakaiho and Kokowai river gorges, Ahukawakawa wetland and the upper slopes of Mt Taranaki as the track gradually descends to cross the unbridged Minarapa stream, and on the Holly Hut.

Holly Hut to Pouakai Hut (Time: 2 - 3 hours)

The Ahukawakawa track crosses an extensive wetland. It crosses the Stony River and ascends the ridge through sub-alpine mountain cedar before turning right along the top of the Pouakai range. Turn left at the junction of the Mangorei track for a short descent to Pouakai Hut. Breathtaking views of the North Taranaki coastline greet you atop the range.

Pouakai Hut to Egmont National Park Visitor Centre (Time: 6 hours)

From Pouakai Hut, the Pouakai track traverses open tussock lands and subalpine forest to the top of Henry Peak. Take advantage of the viewing platform to gaze down over the Taranaki ring plain, Ahukawakawa swamp and across to the northern slopes of the mountain.

The track then descends into mixed kamahi forest and crosses the bridge over the Kaiauai stream. After crossing the stream, the track traverses some deep gullies before reaching the swingbridge over the Waiwhakaiho River. You can then take the shorter track to Kaiauai car park on Egmont Road or follow the Ram Track up to the Egmont National Park Visitor Centre. The track is steep and muddy in places with tree roots and embedded rocks.

Some streams are not bridged and weather in this area is changeable and difficult to predict. 

Contact Details

Physical Address

2879 Egmont Road (off SH3 at Egmont Village)