Whakapapanui Stream.

Image: Stacey Faire | DOC


Follow Whakapapanui Stream and enjoy the shelter of the forest.

Track overview

6 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

2 hr return Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


After a 10–15 minute walk, the Whakapapanui Walking Track branches to the right (don’t follow
the Whakapapaiti Track sign in error!) and heads downstream. Water-logged clearings are passed as the track follows Whakapapanui Stream. Here, storm damaged beech forest is slowly regenerating.

Keep a look out along the river for the endangered whio/blue duck. They are the same colour as the rocks so can be very difficult to spot, but you may hear the male’s whistling call.

The track comes out at the bridge of SH48 3 km below Whakapapa Village. On fine days, enjoy the views walking back along the highway; on wet/windy days, enjoy the shelter of the forest and return back along the trail.

Getting there

The track is in Whakapapa Village on SH48. It starts 250 m above the Tongariro National Park
Visitor Centre.


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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