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Whakapapanui Track

National Park, Manawatu - Wanganui

Submitted by Orla Drylie

Last Updated: 25th Apr 2024


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Grunt Factor: 8 ?

Gnarl Factor: 11 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


Open tussock/grasslands


Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +5.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -4.7%


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Start at the Chateau and go straight down the main road. For the first 1km, you will be able to run on the grass (the old golf course) in front of the Chateau, before running on the road. There is enough of a gravel patch to keep you well off the road. After 2.2km, cross the road carefully when you see a sign for Whakapapanui Walk. Follow this track back to Whakapapa Village. There are two tiny detours down to the left hand side en-route. Good views of the river if you do these short out-and-backs. The track will come eventually come out on Bruce Road, opposite the Fire Stations. Couple of hundred metres down the road and you're back at The Chateau

Running along the stream. Mt Ngauruhoe Mt Ruapehu Chateau Tongariro

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Bruce Road or Ngauruhoe Terrace/Place

16 km

13 minutes




Just keep to the left and you won't go wrong. Once you turn off the main road on to the track, follow all signs for Whakapapa Village

Perfect throughout.

Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

No water en route, but water available in the village at the holiday village and The Chateau

The main road can get quite icy during winter months.

Be wary of cars, especially with sun strike being an issue at certain times of the day

Pihanga Cafe and T-Bar
Chateau Tongariro, Whakapapa Village
Good variety of meals, with coffee/beers etc. Open 7 days

Tussock Bar and Restaurant
Whakapapa Village
Good variety of meals, roaring fire, relaxed atmosphere

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Trail Reviews

Such a lovely place to run, not so much with the wind chill and cold rain as ran in on the day doing this trail (good test for the gear!). But when you go away to do the crossing and it gets cancelled the second best thing is to find a smaller wildthings track to do instead ;-). Road section was a good warm up of the legs but the bush section I can see why it would be a good out and back. No mountains were to be seen boooo!

Joyce Leevard

September 8, 2020

Another of my favourite runs which I've lost count how many times I've done...Again, prefer out and back along the track, rather than looping along the roadside. I Love popping out the track on the downhill, because the reward of seeing Ngaruhoe! Before returning back up the track to the village

DJ Gillming

April 17, 2020

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