Join us at Mt Ruapehu on our Volcanic Short Freedom Walks.
From the top of the <<chairlift>> there are a variety of short walks waiting for you to explore.
Skyline 1.5 - 2hrs A breath taking hike that takes in unlimited views of Ngauruhoe aka Mt Doom, Tongariro, Lake Taupo and beyond is described as the best short walk in Tongariro National Park. Head west to the edge of the Ampitheatre with views down onto the Whakapapaiki lava flows.
Drop down Delta Ridge with views out west to Mt Taranaki east to Ngauruhoe. Walk the same path as ancient lava flows and lahars as you descend past the stunning waterfalls of Whakapapa Ski Area on the Waterfalls Descent or discover cinematic history when you immerse yourself in the moody scenery at Meads Wall, where several scenes from The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers were filmed.
Waterfalls Descent 1 - 1.5hrs. Descend from the top of the Waterfall Express Chairlift following the trail markers downhill on a journey that winds past Whakapapa Ski Area's waterfalls. Walk the same path as ancient lava flows and lahars that have left their mark on this amazing landscape.
Meads Wall (at base area) 30mins An easy walk along a marked trail starting from the top of the mountain road, not far from where you park your car. Take in the rugged Mt Ruapehu volcanic terrain and cinematic history.