Short Walks

Walking By The RiverThe following are descriptions of some short scenic walks in the Tongariro National Park which start from Whakapapa Village. They are accessible for most people and are well-serviced tracks. The longer walks follow poled routes. A more detailed guide with maps is available from the Holiday Park Shop or the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre.

Whakapapa Nature Walk
15 min loop track. Begins in Whakapapa Village. Great for the kids, wind your way through natïve bush and learn about unique flora and fauna from the posted information signs.

Ridge Walking Track
30-40 minutes or 1.2km return via same track. Begins in Whakapapa Village. Soak up panoramic views of Mount Ruapehu, Mount Ngauruhoe and the surrounding landscape. A great place to experience our beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

Taranaki Falls Walking Track
2 hours or 6km loop track. Begins in Whakapapa Village. Excellent views of the surrounding landscape. Make your way to see Taranaki Falls plunge over the edge of a large lava flow which erupted from Mount Ruapehu 15,000 years ago.

Whakapapanui Walking Track
2 hours or 6km return via same track or via Bruce Road. Begins just beyond the Holiday Park. Follow the Whakapapanui Stream and enjoy walking though the regenerating beech forest. A great option for a rainy day.

Silica Rapids Walking Track
2 ½ hours or 7km return via Bruce Road. Begins just beyond the Holiday Park. This track takes in a range of vegetation types as well as the creamy-white terraces of Silica Rapids. On a fine day it also offers a spectacular view of the mountains.

Tama Lakes Tramping Track
5-6 hours or 17km return via same track. Begins in Whakapapa Village. Climb to view the Tama Lakes which occupy several old explosion craters on the Tama Saddle between Mounts Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe. A great option when the weather is not suitable to walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.