Saturday 12th February 2022
February Open Climbs
Each year on a single day in February, we take up to 120 members of the public up Taranaki Maunga and back. It's a mammoth but highly rewarding day both for the public who get to the top and the club who hosts them. With our guests plus our 60 or more volunteers along with other members of the public independently on the mountain, there can be up to 400 people on Taranaki Maunga on that day.
NZRA Outdoor Awards - Highly Commended
The NZ Recreation Association Outdoor Awards awarded Taranaki Alpine Club a Highly Commended in the 'Visitor Solutions Outstanding Event Award' in 2017 for its Open Climb event recognising one of the many ways in which we seek to inspire & encourage others into our beautiful and shared mountain environment.
OPEN CLIMB 2022
Saturday 12th February is the official Open Climb day.
In case of bad weather, the Sunday immediately following this date is held in reserve as the postponement date (one and only).
On Saturday watch our Facebook Page from 4am for the 'Go' or 'No-Go' notice. Updates may also be posted from the Friday morning.
Plan to get up early checking our webcams and the status!
Follow our Facebook page and Open Climb event for updates
Public Information Brochure
It is both essential for participants to read and understand our Public Information Brochure and to understand that this forms part of the terms and conditions of purchasing a ticket to reserve a spot in the Open Climb.
The Brochure helps you to learn what to expect and what you'll need and also includes important information around required fitness and the timelines that need to be managed as part of the Open Climb.
Bookings are closed for 2022, see you next year!
We regret to inform you that as New Zealand is now at COVID Red, the Open Climb Event planned for the 12th of February 2022, has been cancelled this year.
The club will be contacting ticket holders soon in this regards and thank you in advance for your understanding and support. Naturally we hope to run this event again next year and look forward to seeing you.
Open Climb Status
Follow our Facebook page for live status updates on the morning in question.
How to get there
Access is via the Stratford Plateau where there is both long term parking and toilets.
- Drive or get dropped to the Manganui Ski Field car park via the Pembroke Road entrance to the Egmont Nation Park. (1172 m)
- Walk approximately 30 minutes via Manganui Gorge Track to the Ski Field ( 1260 m / more toilets available)
- Continue walking 60-75 minutes on to Tahurangi Lodge. (1520 m)
Plan to arrive at Tahurangi Lodge by 6:45am when the first party will leave; our last party will depart no later than 7:45am. Note: The only public toilets after Manganui Ski Field are in the DOC building 150m below Tahurangi Lodge.
Parking at North Egmont is very limited so please only be dropped to this location or use the easier East Egmont approach.
The walk from the Stratford Plateau takes approximately 30 minutes longer than from North Egmont, but the vertical height climb is less. Taranaki Alpine Club volunteers will be positioned on the route from the Stratford Plateau to assist with directions.
NZ Mountain Safety Council
"One of the most challenging tracks in the Egmont National Park, the summit route takes you high above the clouds for a truly breath-taking view. The Taranaki Summit Route climbs 6.3km up the northern ridge of Mt Taranaki. While this might appear to be a simple day walk, this is definitely NOT the case. In this video, we take you through the required preparations and explore some of the alpine hazards along the way, so you can prepare for the climb ahead and make it home safely."
- Open Climb Safety Plan
- Open Climb Crew Induction 2022
- November 2021 club night, 7.30 pm, Blind Foundation rooms
- Crew Induction Video (Requires a free DropBox account to view)