There are choices to make when you only have limited time to explore New Zealand, and people are often in a rush to make it to the South Island, but please, don’t skip Mount Taranaki on the North Island! This perfectly formed volcano stands proud at the west coast, and it is even used in the film ‘The Last Samurai’ because it looks a lot like Mount Fuji in Japan. Next to the mountain you can find the Pouakai Ranges, where you can do some awesome hikes with the best views over the mountain. At the Pouakai Tarns you can get the best reflection photos, and you can even see Mount Ruapehu from here on a clear day. Don’t miss out!
Mt Taranaki is one of the most conical mountains in the world. A stratovolcano, the summit is almost always covered with ice. Owing to its resemblance to Mount Fuji, it was used as backdrop during the filming of “The Last Samurai”.