Mount Taranaki is, without a doubt, the most recognised feature of Taranaki - as the solitary mountain of the region. Standing at 2,518 meters in height Mount Taranaki is an active volcano with a secondary cone (Fanthams Peak) - which is clearly visible on the left-hand side of this picture.
Although Mount Taranaki was known as Taranaki for centuries by Maori, Captain James "T." Cook named the mountain Mount Egmont in honour of John Perceval, 2nd Earl of Egmont, the First Lord of the Admiralty - who was responsible for promoting Cook's first voyage.
In 1986, the Minister of Lands ruled that there would be two alternative and offical names for the mountain - Mount Egmont and Mount Taranaki.
Stratford Glockenspiel - The Stratford Glockenspeil in Taranaki
Taranaki - Stratford Glockenspiel - Brief information on the Stratford Glockenspiel in Taranaki
Taranaki - Street scene at Taranaki Pioneer Village - Street scene at the Taranaki Pioneer Village outside Stratford
Stratford - Taranaki Pioneer Village - Travelogue from a visit to Pioneer Village near Stratford, Taranaki
Mt Taranaki - walk down to Dawsons Falls - Video of the walk down to Dawson Falls on Mt Taranaki in New Zealand
Mt Taranaki - drive up to Dawsons Falls - Video of the drive to Dawson Falls on Mt Taranaki in New Zealand
Mt Taranaki - Dawson Falls to Stratford - Video of the drive from Dawson Falls in Egmont National Park to Stratford, Taranaki
Taranaki - drive from Pukeiti Gardens to New Plymouth - Video of the drive from Pukeiti Gardens to New Plymouth
Taranaki pictures - A gallery of pictures from my travels in Taranaki
Mt Egmont and King Edward Park - Mt Egmont seen from the King Edward Park playing fields in Stratford
Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook