Waitonga Falls, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WAITONGA FALLS - Tongariro National Park
A moderately easy 1 hour 20 minutes 4 km return walk to the (63 metre) highest waterfall in Tongariro National Park and featuring spectacular views of Mount Ruapehu on a clear and calm day.
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Waitonga Falls, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WAITONGA FALLS - Tongariro National Park
The track starts 11 kilometres up the Ohakune Mountain Road.

Waitonga Falls, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WAITONGA FALLS - Tongariro National Park

Waitonga Falls, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WAITONGA FALLS - Tongariro National Park
A side track leads down to the river.

Waitonga Falls, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WAITONGA FALLS - Tongariro National Park

Waitonga Falls, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WAITONGA FALLS - Tongariro National Park

Waitonga Falls, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WAITONGA FALLS - Tongariro National Park

Waitonga Falls, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WAITONGA FALLS - Tongariro National Park

Waitonga Falls, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WAITONGA FALLS - Tongariro National Park

Waitonga Falls, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WAITONGA FALLS - Tongariro National Park

Waitonga Falls, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WAITONGA FALLS - Tongariro National Park

Waitonga Falls, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WAITONGA FALLS - Tongariro National Park
This sign marks the halfway point.

Waitonga Falls, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WAITONGA FALLS - Tongariro National Park
Now we enter the alpine wetland area.

Waitonga Falls, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WAITONGA FALLS - Tongariro National Park
These are the Rotokawa pools. There is a seat where e can sit and take in a beautiful view - especially on a clear, calm day...

Waitonga Falls, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WAITONGA FALLS - Tongariro National Park
...and this is the view. Mount Ruapehu reflected in the Rotokawa pools.

Waitonga Falls, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WAITONGA FALLS - Tongariro National Park
After the Rotokawa pools, the track begins to go steadily downhill...

Waitonga Falls, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WAITONGA FALLS - Tongariro National Park
...until it gets so steep it turns into steps. Lots of them.

Waitonga Falls, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WAITONGA FALLS - Tongariro National Park
The track goes downhill a surprisingly long way.

Waitonga Falls, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WAITONGA FALLS - Tongariro National Park
And then we come to this point. Waitonga Falls are 39 metres high - the tallest in Tongariro National Park.