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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Mt Taranaki. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

At the centre of Taranaki is the dramatic volcanic cone of Mt Taranaki, named Mt Egmont in 1770 by British explorer James Cook. The mountain's lava flows and volcanic debris are the source of Taranaki's rich soils and dairy-farming wealth, and its distinctive snowy cone has featured in advertising, murals, military badges and assorted logos.

Battle of the mountains,

Taranaki region: the mountain,

Egmont National Park,


Eruptions in early history,

Egmont National Park,

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number CD2491).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing Iconic Mt Taranaki - Roadside Stories