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Tupapakurua Falls, Manawatu - Wanganui

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Tupapakurua FallsIntermediate

Submitted by Orla Drylie

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Manawatu - Wanganui

National Park

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest


1:40 (Slow)
1:25 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



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This is a hidden gem in National Park, not often explored due to the technical nature of the trail. It starts off cruisy, leading you into a false sense of security! 1km in is Taranaki lookout - definitely worth a brief stop. Another 2km along and you get a magnificent view of the Falls. And that's when the fun begins! The last 500 metres of this trail is un-maintained so there is quite a clamber down to the bottom of the Falls, but certainly worth the effort. If you're brave, go for a swim but be prepared for the cold!

Re-trace your steps and watch out for goats who often frequent the track

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Features of interest

You will be treated with the most delightful waterfall at the end of the track

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 20%

Moderate Single Track: 80%

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  • Access

    On the corner of Carroll Street and Station Road in National Park village, cross the train tracks and turn right on to Fisher Road. Approximately 2kms down this gravel road (4wd not required) is the beginning of the track on the left hand side with a small carpark opposite

    Small carpark that may hold 8-10 cars. No public transport

    2 km

    5 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .


    Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Drink from the stream at the base of the waterfall (at your own risk)

    The final clamber down the waterfall can be quite slippery, so beware

  • Post run indulgence

    Macrocarpa Cafe
    3 Waimarino-Tokaan Road, National Park
    Great coffee, delicious food menu, fabulous staff

    Schnapps Bar
    Corner of Findlay Street and SH4
    Huge portions, beer/cider on tap, fireplace, open from 10am, sports bar

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