#NaBloPoMo – Day Four – Taranaki New Zealand
Taranaki has been named by Lonely Planet as the second best region in the world to travel in 2017
A little about Taranaki New Zealand – My hometown.
Taranaki has a population of 116,600 as of Statistics New Zealand’s June 2016
Taranaki Icon for me is Mount Egmont/Taranaki a very beautiful mountain, that soars from the heart of Taranaki in the North Island.
With 208 km’s of walkway tracks, you can pick a short or long stroll of 30 – 90 mins strolling through groves of twisted and stunted Kamahi trees, and enjoy the bird life of tuis, bellbirds, fantails with the sounds of tumbling waterfalls and glistening rivers.
Then there are the pleasant strolls on well-formed tracks for the serious tramper, which winds down through the unique mountain bush for about 2 and 1/2 hours to re-emerge on to Egmont Road with breathtaking views, of the lush forest of rimu, rata, kama hi, and mountain totaras.
On a clear day, you can see Mount Ruapehu with Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe glowing white with snow clad slopes in the east of the center of the North Island.
The magnificent view of Mount Egmont / Taranaki, height 2510 meters, the peak can be seen from several spots along the walks, with the waterfalls mixing into the streams of pure clean water, so breathtaking, the views like no other in the world, (to me anyhow).
To be treasured and enjoyed.
The photo at the top is across New Plymouth to Mt Taranaki in the background which is only a thirty-minute drive from the sea to the mountain.
There are many places in Taranaki of beauty as NaBloPoMo continues in November I will write about them.
Here are Lonely Planet’s Top Ten Regions
1. Choquequirao, Peru
2. Taranaki New Zealand
3.The Azores, Portugal
4. North Wales UK
5. South Australia
6. Aysen, Chile
7. The Tuamotus, French Polynesia
8. Coastal Georgia, USA
9. Perak, Malaysia
10. The Skellig Ring, Ireland