New Zealand is a photographer's paradise. These scenes represent only a small part of what NZ has to offer....

Egmont began forming about 70,000 years ago. By 35,000 years ago, a cone similar to the present mountain had formed. About 25,000 years ago, the northern part of the cone collapsed, generating lahars that traveled beyond the present coastline. This lahar deposit covers 75 square miles (200 square km) to a depth of at least 100 feet (30 m). The second major cone collapse and associated lahar deposit occurred between 16,100 and 6,970 years ago. The most recent major cone collapse was 6,970 years ago. It also produced a large lahar deposit. Egmont has erupted at least eight times in the last 6,000 years. Most of these eruptions have been explosive and from the central vent. Two flank eruptions produced Fanthams Peak and Southern Beehive about 1,300 years ago. The last eruption of Egmont was in 1755. (Acknowledgements to Virtually New Zealand).

In a country where mountains are bunched together, Mt Taranaki in the Egmont National Park stands alone. This beautiful near perfect conical shaxped volcano is 2518 metres high. The Maori named the mountain 'Taranaki' and Captain Cook named it 'Egmont' some 3 centuries later after the Earl of Egmont. In 1881 the provincial government declared a 9.6-km radius forest reserve from the mountain's summit, covering 29,000-hectares. It accumulated another 2400-hectares by the time it became New Zealand's second national park on 23 October 1900.

Mt Taranaki is the most climbed mountain in New Zealand and is home to about 50 rivers as well as pristine temperate rainforest and sub alpine plants. From Dawson Falls (850-metres above sea level), there's a maze of walks on offer, but perhaps the most popular is to Wilkies Pools, a series of eroded rock pools connected with gentle waterfalls. East Egmont (845-metres), accessed through Stratford, offers the mountain skifield as well as the short Kamahi walk through the Goblin Forest, with branches bearded in grey-green moss.

North Egmont recieves 7 metres of rainfall per year and in some years it exceeds the rainfall of Milford Sound which is one of the wettest places in the world (Acknowledgements to Virtual NZ on the internet.

All these photos were taken with a Nikon F100 (before digital was on the scene).

                                                                                        Mt Ruapehu

                                     Mt Ngauruhoe & Mt Tongariro

                   Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

                   Mt Taranaki (Egmont) over Lake Mangamahoe

                                            National Park
                                               Mt Ruapehu