Mt Ngauruhoe from Whakapapaiti Track

Image: Wei-Hang Chua | Creative Commons


Winding through stunted beech forest, the Whakapapaiti Valley Track makes its way to the Whakapapaiti Hut. From here you can continue in a loop back to Whakapapa Village.

Track overview

16 km loop

Walking and tramping

4 - 5 hr Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


This track can be walked in either direction, but is described going counter-clockwise.

Follow Silica Rapids Track for about 45 minutes to the junction with Whakapapaiti Track. 

The track goes through forest then an open tussock-covered area. There is a bridged crossing of Whakapapaiti River, then the track continues up the valley, passing the junction with Mangahuia Track (2-3 hours to campsite). 

Further up the valley there is an unbridged river crossing - it may not be possible to cross safely when the river is high following or during rainfall. Whakapapaiti Hut is 10-15 minutes further up the track.

Leaving the hut, the track winds its way through stunted beech forest, then up the valley to the Round the Mountain Track junction. Turn left here towards Bruce Road. 

The track zig-zags up and over a moraine ridge with great views of Whakapapaiti Valley and the surrounding landscape. Continue to the Scoria Flat area on the Bruce Road.  Form here it is approximately 5 kilometres down the road to Whakapapa Village.

Getting there

The Whakapapaiti Valley track begins in Whakapapa Village 250 metres above the Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre. The upper section begins 5 kilometres up the Bruce Road from Whakapapa Village.

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.


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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