Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park
An easy 2.5 hour 7 km return walk which can be quite sheltered on a wet or windy day. The walk can be started from either end. Many people get a lift to the end we're starting at and walk back along the Whakapapanui Walk to Whakapapa Village. Another popular choice is to walk the Whakapapanui Walk from Whakapapa Village to the far end and then walk back along the road.
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Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park
Crossing the bridge over the Whakapapanui Stream.

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park
Toi - Mountain Cabbage Tree (Cordyline indivisa) is one on New Zealand's most spectacular trees.

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park
Toi... So beautiful.

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park
This side track leads to the so-called Golden Rapids - but when we get there...

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park
...They are so overgrown, we can't see anything. However, luckily...

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park
We very soon come to a small bridge where we can see the golden colour they were talking about.

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park
Crossing back over the Whakapapanui Stream.

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park
And this - if we were only walking this walk one way - would be the end of the walk. But we have to go back and get our car - so, this is only halfway for us.

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park

Whakapapanui Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

WHAKAPAPANUI WALK - Tongariro National Park
It never seems to take as long going back...