Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Taranaki Falls Beauty

National Park, Manawatu - Wanganui

Submitted by Orla Drylie

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 9

Gnarl Factor: 20








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Open tussock/grasslands


Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +4.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -6.1%


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Estimated Times to Run







Starting at the dead end that is Ngauruhoe Place/Ngauruhoe Terrace, take the high road, sign posted for Taranki Falls. After approximately 3 km, you will veer down to the left, continuing to follow the signs for Taranaki Falls. Careful down the steep stairs, bask in the beauty of the Falls to the left. Continue on this track for another 3km and you will arrive back where you began.

Taranki Falls, Mt Doom (Mt Ngauruhoe), Mt Ruapehu, Chateau Tongariro

On street parking along Ngauruhoe Terrace

16 km

13 minutes




Keep to the left and you won't go wrong. Do not follow the signs for Tama Lakes or various huts

Perfect throughout.

Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.

No water available enroute, but water available in Whakapapa Village at both The Chateau and the Holiday Village

As it is alpine region, the weather can turn quickly and it is exposed, but generally safe. Snow fall expected during winter months

Some slippy rocks and ice during winter

Pihanga Cafe and T-Bar
Chateau Tongariro, Whakapapa Village
Good meals and coffee/beers available all day

Tussock Bar and Restaurant
Whakapapa Village
Hearty meals by the fire in a relaxed environment

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Helen Rowland

Helen Rowland

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Trail Reviews

I completed this today as part of a loop out to Upper Toma Lake and back. Fabulous little trail, very accessible and scenic.

Pip Guthrey

March 20, 2021

One of my favourites!

Richele McKenzie

January 6, 2021

A really nice run with some cool features along the way very runnable for even a novice runner apart from the steep stairs above the waterfall. I done this trail clockwise and tried to run up them but failed haha.

Shaun Hawira

February 6, 2020

An easily accessible yet challenging (push as much as you need) formed trail loop run. My go to for a run or walk if not much time to spare.

Chantel Smith

January 29, 2020

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