Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park
An easy 2 hours 30 minutes, 7 km loop walk through beech forest and boglands up to the bushline and Silica Rapids - then across slopes of tussock and sub-alpine plants to Bruce Road. We walk along the road to return to Whakapapa Village.
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Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park
The track begins here at the small carpark 250 metres above the Whakapapa Visitor Centre.

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park
Crossing the Whakapapanui Stream (looking upstream).

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park
Whakapapanui Stream (looking downstream).

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park
Here, we carry on straight ahead. The track to the right is the Whakapapanui Track.

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park
The beautiful tree on the right is a Toi (Mountain Cabbage Tree).

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park
Golden Rapids - the colour is caused by iron - not gold. Sorry about that...

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park
Golden Rapids.

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park
Silica Rapids - just 30 minutes to go...

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park
And here we are at the famous Silica Rapids. Waikare Stream emerges from the Silica Springs and deposits alumino-silicate in a thick layer, creating unusual and beautiful rapids.

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park
Now we go up that staircase to the right and head back to Bruce Road (just up the road from where we started).

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

SILICA RAPIDS WALK - Tongariro National Park
Here, the track brings us out onto Bruce Road. Now we walk along the road back to Whakapapa Village.