Although Tongariro National Park is famous for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which is a serious 19 km/8 hours hike, the region has so many other shorter walk to suit any kind of fitness.
The most popular walk is the Taranaki Falls walk, which is an easy 6 km loop walk for all fitness levels.
We always recommend to our guests to start on the lower track as you will be walking towards the bottom of the waterfall while if you start on the upper track you will approach the waterfall from the top. The walk passes through tussock and alpine shrublands before entering beech forest. On a clear day Ngauruhoe’s symmetrical cone and the older, eroded mountains of Tongariro and Pukekaikiore are visible.