Nature

Taranaki Falls

9 locals recommend

Tips from locals

Tony
Tony
July 27, 2020
Traverse ancient lava flows and wander along glacier streams to the Instagram-worthy Taranaki Falls - no filter required! Time: 2 hr return Distance: 6 km loop Begins 100 metres below Whakapapa Visitor Centre at Ngauruhoe Place. The upper and lower tracks form a loop with the waterfall situated…
Ylva
Ylva
January 29, 2020
More waterfalls! This time, Taranaki Falls is one a 2-hour loop accessed from Whakapapa Village. This long drop 20m waterfall is impressive whatever the season. There are views from the base of the waterfall and from the top (if you dare get close enough). Find out more about this walk and other…
Tongariro Springs
Tongariro Springs
September 3, 2019
This is an easy, and relatively short walk with great examples of Tongariro National Park scenery.
Frances
Frances
June 17, 2019
A 5-6km loop tramp to see this fantastic waterfall. In the bush you will views of Wairere Stream and pass a smaller waterfall called Cascade Falls. Approx. 35mins from Raetihi.
Linda
Linda
November 7, 2018
One of the most impressive and beautiful New Zealand waterfalls, Taranaki Falls is located in Tongariro National Park. The waterfall is accompanied by unforgeable views of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro, and fantastic walk through the beech forest. Time: 2 hr return Distance: 6 kms

Places to stay nearby

  1. Entire cabin
  2. 5 beds
Cosy Cabin located in Whakapapa Village

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“Begins at Fishers Road, National Park Village.Walk about 30 minutes down Fishers Road to the start of the Tupapakurua Falls Track (left side of road). The track has been upgraded by the local community in partnership with the Department of Conservation. It begins with an easy 20 minute walk to the Taranaki Lookout. From this point the track becomes a back country adventure track and is suitable for experienced trampers only. The track follows a ridge and then descends steeply to a stream. There are good stands of tawa, mature rimu, miro and totara to see along the way. Climbing from the stream, the track winds its way around bluffs to a good lookout point with views of the falls. ”
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Point of Interest
“Feel the rush of riding the hills and native forest of Erua on a quad-bike. Guided quad bike and buggy rides. Great fun for the whole family. Each ride is catered to your ability. Located 2km out of National Park Village this business is locally owned by Karl and Maria Splitt, who have lived in the area since 2002. Ruapehu Adventure Rides is operated on 230 acres of farmland and native bush. Open: All year expect Christmas Day Tours: 1 hr, 1 ½ hr, 2 hrs, 1/2 day rides BY REQUEST (min of 2)bookings are essential 16 years and over for quad rides (Lesson included) We cater to families, offering buggy rides for children under 16 or anyone who doesn’t want to self drive We provide: Helmets, wet weather pants and jackets, gloves, glasses, gumboots and photos Customer parking and eftpos If you don't want to be disappointed bookings are essential, accommodation available at Mountain Heights Lodge For rates, please see our website.”
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Establishment
“only place in National park that sells takeaway alcohol. Nice atmosphere for meals with views of the mountains and a cozy fireplace.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Establishment
“Macrocarpa Café is open 6.00am to 8.00pm Daily. On offer is an extensive Café Menu with fresh baked goods, Takeaways, All day Breakfast, Free Wi-Fi, Great espresso coffee, Evening meals, Lunch Packs, Sandwiches, Pies, cold Drinks, Rolled Ice Cream, Pronto Pizza (including winter delivery) and even a Book Exchange. National Park Postal Centre is also part of the Café operation.”
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Location
Tongariro National Park, Manawatu-Wanganui 4691