Taranaki Falls, Tongariro National Park

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#2 of 7 in Nature in Tongariro National Park
Waterfall · Hiking Trail
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Plummeting 20 m (66 ft) over the edge of a large lava flow, Taranaki Falls provides good photo opportunities. Winding through red tussock and alpine scrublands before entering beech forest, the easy return loop trek to the falls offers some great views of the volcanic landscape, a narrow gorge, and open heathland. As you approach the falls, you'll walk down hundreds of stairs. Keep an eye open for small native birds such as whiteheads, grey warbler and occasionally skylarks. Make sure to check the weather because it can easily start raining. Plan to see Taranaki Falls and other attractions that appeal to you using our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary planning site.
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  • The lower track is through wonder bush following streams, then back over the top with incredible views 
    The lower track is through wonder bush following streams, then back over the top with incredible views  more »
  • This is truly my favourite short walk in New Zealand you get too see such diversity and pretty much around every corner is a surprise. Love it more and more each time 
    This is truly my favourite short walk in New Zealand you get too see such diversity and pretty much around every corner is a surprise. Love it more and more each time  more »
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  • Lovely spot. There are multiple walks that go to the falls, the most frequented is the falls walk starting just by the Skotel. Very gentle loop walk with some great views of the mountain and the chateau. The lower walk is more varied and slightly harder than upper. You can walk behind the falls
  • There is a lovely 6 km (4 mile) circuit from near the Chateau to this beautiful waterfall and back. It is a good surface and fairly level. The views are tremendous, the flora fascinating and the 2 main waterfalls magnificent.

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