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Tongariro Walking Tracks – Tongariro National Park

We have some wonderful walks in the Tongariro Park Area from 20 minutes to 8 hours of the famous Tongariro Crossing.

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Ohinetonga Track

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This is a 2-3 hour loop walk and is situated between Owhango and the Whakapapa River you can spend a lovely afternoon here the track winds through the forest, with excellent examples of native trees, to the Ohinetonga Lagoon you can picnic, swim. or just enjoy the surroundings.

Okupata Caves

A natural and unmarked network of underground passages in Tongariro Forest. Guided tours can be arranged to enter the caves. Heavy rainfall may result in rising water levels in the caves, which may cause them to flood. You should only enter the caves with people who know them well.

Lake Rotopounamu (Greenstone Lake)

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This is a picturesque lake on the side of Mt Pihanga known as the greenstone lake. It will take you 20 minutes to walk one way to the lake or 2 hours around 5km loop track.

Tama Lakes

This trek is an extension of the Taranaki Falls track: You will track across undulating tussock country and alpine herb fields. Further on you will branch to the left to Tama Lakes , there is an overview of the lower lake and then the track climbs steeply to the upper lake at 1314 metres above sea level. Tama lakes occupy several old craters on the Tama Saddle between Mt Ruapehu and Mt Ngauruhoe. Windproof clothing is recommend for this area as the Tama Saddle acts as a funnel for prevailing westerly winds. This trek should take you between 5-6 hours and is a 17Km return trek.

Taranaki Falls

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This is a great morning or afternoon walk, or a warm up for the next full days trek. Taranaki falls tumble over the 20 metres edge of a large lava flow, which erupted from Ruapehu 15,000 years ago, then plunges into a boulder-ringed pool. From below the falls there are fabulous views into the water-worn gorges of the Wairere Stream. This is a loop track of 6 km and will take about 2 hours.

Tawhai Falls

Is 20 minutes return via the same track. The falls tumble over the edge of an ancient lava flow. It is a short stroll through mountain toatoa and beech forest.

Taurewa Track

This is an afternoon of or morning walk and follows the old milling trails through the bush. The track starts on the edge of the Tongariro Forest and is home to a wide variety of bird life it is a 2-3 hour loop track. You will need to turn left at John McDonald Road.

Silica Rapids

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This highly varied track reveals to you a range of vegetation types and on a clear day you will have amazing views of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Ngauruhoe. The track will take you through mountain beech forest, traveling alongside a cascading stream, arriving at the creamy-white terraces of Silica Rapids. Featured around the track are sub alpine plants amid mixture of swamp and tussock country. It will return you to the Bruce Road and take about 2.5 hours for the 7 km trek returning to your starting point via the Bruce Road .

Whakapapaiti Valley

This trek begins on the Bruce Road at Scoria Flat you cross the ridge to be greeted with stunning views of the Whakapapaiti Valley and surrounding countryside. Then you zigzag down into the valley to the Whakapapaiti Hut through stunted beech forest. You will pass on your left the Mangahuia Track then join the lower Silica Rapids