Short Walks

Get out and explore Whakapapa

You won't be disappointed by the spectacular views, peaceful walking trails & unique volcanic terrain. There are tonnes of photo opportunities on your short walk adventure.

Find your ideal summer hike below. With walks varying from just 15 minutes to 2-4 hours, there's something for everyone.

Typically these walks are available from December - June.

Plan your trip

It's important to make sure you are prepared for the alpine environment here at Mt Ruapehu. Use this simple and easy tool to plan your trip and find a recommended equipment list.

Summer Trail Map


One for the bucket list! Described as the 'best short walk' in Tongariro National Park, Skyline takes you from the top of the Sky Waka gondola (2,020m) to Skyline Ridge (2,300m) for breathtaking views of Mt Ngauruhoe, Lake Taupo & beyond. 1.5-2.5hrs return

Waterfalls Descent

From the top of the Sky Waka Gondola (2,020m), descend the same path as ancient lava flows & lahars past stunning waterfalls, rugged volcanic terrain & amazing views of the Central Plateau. 1-2 hours descent to the base area.

Meads Wall

Discover cinematic history when you immerse yourself in the moody scenery at Meads Wall, where several scenes from The Fellowship of the Ring & The Two Towers were filmed. A short 30 minute return walk from Whakapapa's base area.

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