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2-5 Hour Walks

Wanting to venture a little further? Check out these more challenging walks in the Ruapehu region.

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Taranaki Falls
Starting just below the Whakapapa Visitor Centre at Whakapapa Village this popular 2 hour return loop track is a relatively easy hike.  The Taranaki Falls are located around half way and cascade over the edge if an impressive 15,000 year old laval flow. 

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Lake Surprise
15km up the Ohakune Mountain Road begins a 5 hour backcountry hike across volcanic alpine terrain, to a broad, shallow lake set amongst beech forest and tussock. Waterfalls and bluffs complement the backdrop of Mount Ruapehu along the journey, which after a period of open rocky country, descends into Mangaturuturu Valley beside a beautiful cascade flowing over smooth bedrock (caution: can be slippery in wet or icy conditions and in winter only attempt if you have the essential winter hiking gear, or hire a guide]

Shortly after passing the Mangaturuturu Hut, you will need to use caution in crossing the unbridged Mangaturuturu River, then climb steadily up from the river valley to eventually find yourself at the pristine and aptly named Lake, Surprise. This track required unassisted river crossings, for in depth information on the route and safety guides, please contact DOC

Silica Rapids
Starting at the DOC Visitor Centre in Whakapapa Village this 7km return varied walking track travels through mountain beech forest alongside a cascading stream, arriving at the Silica Rapids. You will see a range of vegetation along the track, and on a clear day offers spectacular views of Mount Ruapehu and Mount Ngauruhoe. 

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    Where to Eat & Drink

    Find a great cafe, bar or restaurant in the Ruapehu region

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    Where to Stay

    Wake up in the peaceful surroundings of a National Park. Check out the range of accommodation available in the region

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    Activities Galore!

    With a broad range of activities on offer, there's a whole lot in the Ruapehu region to experience

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