Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park
An easy 2 hour 6 km loop walk to see a beautiful 20 metre waterfall.
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Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park
The walk begins here at the end of Ngauruhoe Place - about 100 metres from the Whakapapa Department of Conservation (DOC) Visitors Centre.

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park
Early morning mist adds atmosphere...

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park
Looking back at where we've just been walking.

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park
Looking towards the top of the falls. That cloud of mist we can see in the middle of this photo is backlit spray from Taranaki Falls as it plunges 20 metres over an old lava flow.

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park
Crossing the Wairere Stream just above Taranaki Falls.

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park
Taranaki Falls - the perfect place for a picnic lunch.

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park
Crossing the first bridge after Taranaki Falls, we see this waterfall.

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park
This side track here on the right...

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park
...leads to this view of the Wairere Stream.

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park
Looking back at the bridge that we would cross if we were doing the Tongariro Northern Circuit.

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park
Heading towards Whakapapa.

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park

Taranaki Falls Walking Track, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

TARANAKI FALLS WALKING TRACK - Tongariro National Park
The Lower Taranaki Falls Track exits in the carpark below Ngauruhoe Place, not far from the start of the Upper Taranaki Falls Track where we began.