Lower Tama Lake.

Image: Kathrin & Stefan Marks | Creative Commons


Enjoy views of two lakes that occupy old explosion craters on Tama Saddle between Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe.

Track overview

17 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

5-6 hr return Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


This track is an extension of the Taranaki Falls Walking Track.

At the top of Taranaki Falls, the track branches off to cross rolling tussock country and alpine herbfields. Further on, the track branches left to Tama Lakes, while the main track continues on to Waihohonu Hut. There is a view of the lower lake (1240 metres), and then the track climbs steeply to a viewpoint (1440 metres) of the upper lake.

Getting there

The track is near Whakapapa Village on SH48. Start on the Taranaki Falls Walking Track, 100 m below the Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre on Ngauruhoe Place.

Know before you go

Tama Saddle acts as a funnel for prevailing westerly winds and windproof clothing is recommended.

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.


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