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Veronica Loop Track

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A forested loop on the lower slopes of Mt. Taranaki.


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Map Key

1.8

Miles

2.9

KM

Point to Point

3,663' 1,116 m

High

3,093' 943 m

Low

596' 182 m

Up

563' 171 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

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Veronica Loop Track starts and ends at the Egmont National Park north entrance visitor center. It is a trail through the densely forested lower slopes of Mt. Taranaki.

From the visitor center, the Veronica Loop climbs steadily for its first .8 miles. Much of this climb has stairs built into the trail. Although the trail is in dense forest, occasionally the trees thin and views of the flat lands that surround Mt. Taranaki can be seen. Additionally, if one is lucky enough to have a clear day, the snow covered summit cone of Mt. Taranaki can be seen, a spectacular sight.

A trail junction is reached after .8 miles. A short side trip, by going straight at this trail junction onto Holly Hut Track, brings one to a lookout. From Veronica Loop, at this trail junction, to follow Veronica Loop, veer right as indicated by the trail signs. Veronica Loop now descends for the next .8 miles through the thick forest. Again, many sections of the descent have stairs. Veronica Loop then veers right to return to the visitor center.

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Joan Pendleton

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Dawn light on Mount Taranaki.
Mar 2, 2020 near New Ply…, NZ
NZ Mountain Safety Council has created a video guide for the Mount Taranaki Summit Route. While this might appear to be a simple day walk, this is definitely NOT the case. The video takes you through the required preparations to make it home safe.
Mar 4, 2020 near New Ply…, NZ
Veronica Loop Track descends through the thick forest on steps in many places.
May 13, 2017 near New Ply…, NZ
The forest is thick on Veronica Loop Track as it approaches its junction with Holly Hut Track.
May 13, 2017 near New Ply…, NZ
This is a glimpse of the flatlands that surround Mt. Taranaki, seen through the trees of the thickly forested Veronica Loop Track.
May 13, 2017 near New Ply…, NZ

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May 9, 2017
Joan Pendleton
Jul 26, 2016
Eva Garnes