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Taupo Walking Tracks

Tongariro/Taupo tracks & walks
Fishing access tracks
Around Lake Taupo there are a variety of access tracks to the tributary rivers. Some tracks are through DOC administered reserves and others across private land.
Category:  Tramping track

Kaimanawa Forest Park tramping tracks
Kaimanawa Forest Park (77,348 hectares) lies south-east of Taupo and extends from Tongariro National Park in the west to the Kaweka Range in the east.
Category:  Tramping track
Alert:  Winter storm damage

Kaimanawa Forest Park walking tracks
On the western side of Kaimanawa Forest Park there are a number of walking tracks. Some have mountain bike access as well.
Category:  Walking track

Ketetahi Hut Track
High on the slopes of Mt Tongariro, Ketetahi Hut is part of the Northern Circuit Great Walk. The Ketetahi Track is also a section of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
Category:  Tramping track
Distance:  13 km return
Completion Time:  4 – 5 hr
Alert:  Ketetahi hut accommodation changes

Mt Ruapehu Crater climb
The climb up to Mt Ruapehu Crater is not a marked route. People wishing to make the climb to the crater should be experienced trampers and well equipped.
Category:  Route
Distance:  7 – 10 km
Completion Time:  5 – 7 hr
Alert:  Safety Information

Ohakune area short walks
Mangawhero Falls, Lake Rotokura, wheelchair accessible Mangawhero Forest Track and the Rimu Track are some short walks you can enjoy around the Ohakune area.
Category:  Short walk

Ohakune area tramping tracks
Lake Surprise and Old Blyth tramping tracks are two 5-hour return tramps you can enjoy in the Ohakune area.
Category:  Tramping track

Rotopounamu track
Rotopounamu/Greenstone Lake nestles on the side of Mt Pihanga. This beautiful lake is a special favourite of tree lovers, birdwatchers, walkers and swimmers.
Category:  Walking track
Distance:  5 km
Completion Time:  2 hr loop track

Round the Mountain Track
It will take you 4 to 5days to complete the Round the Mountain (Mt Ruapehu) Track at Tongariro National Park.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  4 – 6 days
Alert:  Always check the track and weather conditions before setting out:

Tokaanu thermal walk
Just a 20 minute walk offers visitors the chance to see steaming hot mineral pools and spluttering mud pools. Thermal areas are changeable by nature so please keep to the track.
Category:  Easy access walk
Completion Time:  20 min loop track

Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing track passes over varied and spectacular volcanic terrain and takes around 6 – 8 hours to complete.
Category:  Tramping track
Distance:  19.4 km
Completion Time:  6 to 8 hr
Alert:  Track conditions – Summer 2008

Tongariro Northern Circuit
Winding its way over Mt Tongariro and around Mt Ngauruhoe is the Tongariro Northern Circuit, one of the Great Walks of New Zealand.
Category:  Great Walk/Easy tramping track
Completion Time:  3 – 4 days
Alert:  Ketetahi hut accomodation

Turangi walking tracks
Enjoy the walking tracks within 15-20 minutes driving time of Turangi.
Category:  Walking track

Waitonga Falls Track
The Waitonga Falls is a 1 hour 30 minutes walk on a well-formed track through mountain beech and kaikawaka forest. The 39 m falls are Tongariro National Park�s highest falls.
Category:  Walking track
Completion Time:  1 hr 30 min

Walks close to Taupo township
There are many short to medium length walks very close to Taupo township.
Category:  Walking track

Walks further out of Taupo township
Relatively close to Taupo township there are a number of pleasant, reasonably easy walks that offer magnificient views of Lake Taupo and the surrounding mountains of Kaimanawa Forest Park and Tongariro National Park.
Category:  Walking track

Whakapapa area walking tracks
Enjoy these walking tracks located within a 30 minutes drive from Whakapapa Village.
Category:  Walking track

Whakapapa Village short walks
These short walks are either accessible on foot from Whakapapa Village or require a short drive to the start of the track.
Category:  Short walk

Whakapapa Village walking tracks
Slightly more demanding than short walks these walking tracks are either accessible from Whakapapa Village on foot or require a short drive to the start of the track.
Category:  Walking track
Alert:  Changes to Taranaki Falls track.

Whakapapaiti Valley Track
Winding through stunted beech forest, the 11 km Whakapapaiti Valley Track makes its way to the Whakapapaiti Hut. From here you can continue back to Whakapapa Village.
Category:  Tramping track