Awe of Mt Taranaki
I’ve flown past Mt Taranaki a few times but this time would be the time it appeared to stand out most of all. Whilst I won’t get that close to Taranaki on this hike, I will certainly see some great views of it along the way. With snow and surrounding cloud cover, this is one of those great views. Standing at 2518 metres high, this volcano (also known as Mt. Egmont) is one of the most symmetrical volcanic cones in the world. The plane flew over many parts of the trail I’ll be on in weeks and months from now. After studying the trail maps it felt great to know I’d be hiking those passes, crossing those rivers and climbing those hills.