Curtis Falls Track

Curtis Falls Track

East Egmont, Egmont National Park

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4.2 km return | 2 hours return

The 8-metre high falls are named after the three Curtis brothers, who along with H Penn and F Arden, discovered the falls on a forest foray in 1888.

Timing

This is not a track to attempt in wet weather, as sudden rises in river level are common during and after rain events.

Access

In Stratford, turn into Pembroke Road, signposted Egmont National Park The Plateau. The Department of Conservation Area Office is on the left after 8.2 km, 1.7 km before the entrance to Egmont National Park.

The Mountain House is 4.5 km inside the park boundary, 4.5 km below the Plateau Carpark at the roadend.

The start of the track is signposted from the opposite side of Pembroke Road to Mountain House, just above the top exit.

Track

Head right at the first junction and descend steeply to Te Popo Stream. After the climb out there’s a particularly fine collection of moss encrusted kamahi. The track continues to climb gently before falling steeply via a metal ladder and stairways to Manganui River (45 minutes).

Head left upstream along the river course. There’s moss covered boulders and a few stream crossings to negotiate. You may get wet feet if you’re not wearing waterproof boots. The gorge narrows and steepens, just before Curtis Falls, which tumble over a small bluff. Above are vertical lava walls capped in forest.

This is not a track to attempt in wet weather, as sudden rises in river level are common during and after rain events.

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Location

North IslandTaranakiMt Taranaki

Categories

  • Walking
  • Free

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