View of the sunset from the Ketetahi Track

Image: Jimmy Johnson | DOC


The Ketetahi Track is a section of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. You can get close up views of the active Te Maari craters.

Track overview

13 km return via same track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Walk the track as a one-day return trip or as part of the one day, one way Tongariro Alpine Crossing (make transport arrangements before you leave). Alternatively, continue on the 2-3 day Tongariro Northern Circuit.

The track begins by climbing through podocarp forest. Part of the way it follows a stream, naturally polluted by thermal activity and unfit for drinking.

The track emerges from the forest onto a broad tussock-covered ridge, and continues up the slopes below the North Crater of Tongariro. The treeline is where the active volcanic hazard zone begins. There are great views from here of the steaming vents at Te Maari craters, and the Ketetahi thermal area.

Note: There is no public right of access to the Ketetahi springs.

Getting there

The Ketetahi Track is signposted off State Highway 46, a 35 minute drive from Whakapapa Village or Tūrangi.

Know before you go

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.

Always check the weather forecast and track conditions before you go, and be prepared for wet cold and windy weather. Tongariro National Park weather is extremely changeable all year round.

What to take

  • windproof and waterproof clothing (rain jacket and overtrousers)
  • sturdy comfortable shoes or boots
  • food, and plenty to drink (water is not available on the track)
  • sunglasses and sunscreen
  • first aid kit


Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 892 3729
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
Postal Address:   PO Box 71029
Whakapapa Village
Mount Ruapehu 3951
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