Difficulty: Moderate Distance: 17km Allow: 6-7 hours Climb: 320m Descent: 320m
A well formed track leads out to the Lower Tama Lake, some of the most ancient craters of this World Heritage Area. An optional climb on natural surfaces leads to a second lake hidden on the flanks of Mount Ngauruhoe. The open spaces of the Tama Saddle are filled with hardy alpine plant life, testament to nature's resolve. This track returns via the spectacular Taranaki Falls, and the cool shade of a small enclave of mountain Beech forest.
Tama Lakes is a moderate difficulty day hike. It is a great alternative from the Tongariro Alpine Crossing as you won't gain as much altitude, therefore you might be lucky enough to escape some bad weather.