Whakapapaiti Valley

Now that Aotearoa is at Covid19 Alert Level 1, we are operating small tours with special pricing for the rest of 2020. Contact us for more details and we can create a unique experience just for you. Please note, we create these trips on demand, so if you're a solo traveler, please contact us to check if there is a trip you can join on to. Spectacularly barren rocky alpine terrain gives way to a tussock grass-filled valley. With delicate alpine plants, a river crossing, boardwalks over eerie alpine bog-land, beech forest, and stunning views of Mt Ruapehu, this walk has much to offer, all without having to climb over a mountain!

Difficulty: Moderate

Allow: 6-8 hours

Distance: 10 - 14km

Climb or Descent: 420 -500m

This walk offers a moderate difficulty walk through tussock grass filled valleys, beech forest and stunning views of Mt Ruapehu, without having to climb any mountains!

Not a busy track, this is one of the places to go to avoid crowds and enjoy the solitude of the wilderness.

With lots of variety in the landscape and lots of choices to make the walk longer if you wish, we can add on a little extra distance with some variations to our route.


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Whakapapaiti Valley description


Closed Borders Special Pricing : NZ$200.00 per person for two or three persons, 4th person for just NZ$50.00!  Discounts for 5 and 6 person groups also apply.  

Traveling Solo: if you book in on a Shared Group Trip for NZ$200.00, but no-one else has booked for that trip, we will only charge a single person surcharge of an additional NZ$140.00 (making it a total of NZ$340.00) on the day if we have to run a trip just for you.  You can email or message us to check. 

Private Guided trip: ​NZ$345.00 per person for two or more people and includes lunches and snacks.

Private Guided Solo Traveler: NZ$495.00 guarantees it will just be you and the Guide on the trip, (lunch provided too).


  • Boots
  • Clothing and Equipment
  • Lunches extra charge
  • Turangi pick-up & drop-off
  • National Park Vill. pick-up & drop-off
  • Whakapapa Vill. pick-up & drop-off

Whakapapaiti Valley Photo Gallery