Taranaki Falls Trail
ElevationAscent: 398' 121 m
Descent: -381' -116 m
High: 3,975' 1,212 m
Low: 3,595' 1,096 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“A short alpine trail taking in beech forests, the Wairere Stream, and stunning Taranaki Falls.”— Kerry Suter
Family Friendly Relatively short and flat, except the stairs by Taranaki Falls. A good variety of scenery, terrain, and points of interest to keep everyone interested.
After reaching Wairere Stream, you'll begin a moderate climb. The way isn't overly strenuous. The trail follows Wairere Stream to Taranaki Falls, going through the spectacular water-worn gorge of the Wairere Stream. It also passes another smaller waterfall. Taranaki Falls is about two miles from the trailhead.
Tumbling 20 meters over the edge of a large lava flow, which erupted from Ruapehu 15,000 years ago, Taranaki Falls plunges into a boulder-ringed pool. The trail climbs steeply on a long set of steps to get to the top of Taranaki Falls.
At the top of Taranaki Falls, Taranaki Falls Track meets up with Tama Lakes Track. Go right at this trail junction to continue on Taranaki Falls Track that returns to the visitor center. Immediately after this trail junction, Taranaki Falls Track crosses Wairere Stream on a very sturdy bridge, just above Taranaki Falls. The trail then descends very gradually through grass, tussock, brush, and forested terrain, as it returns to the visitor center.
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Land Manager: Department of Conservation - Tongariro National Park