Whakapapaiti Valley

 

Whakapapaiti 1 Tongariro Guided Walks

Difficulty: Moderate
Allow: 6-8 hours
Distance: 10 - 14km
Total Climb: 420 -500m
Total Descent: 420-500m

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!

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

With lots of variety in the landsacape 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.

Prices

Trip size: 2 or more people

Trip Size: 1 person (if no-one else joins you)
Join-a-Group Rate NZ$215.00 per person Join-a-Group Rate NZ$315.00 per person
Private Rate NZ $295.00 per person Private Rate NZ$395.00 per person
Here are some of the sights of the walk and some of the options available.

We usually like to start at the lower end of the walk and head uphill.

Why?  To keep the view of Mt Ruapehu in our field of view as much as we can!

Whakapapanui 2 Tongariro Guided Walks

We might start all of the way down at the Whakapapanui stream and add another hour onto our trip, enjoying the shelter of the lush, moss covered tree in this Mountain Beech forest.

We could also start at the top of the Silica Rapids track and view this unique formation, the only one of it's kind in Tongariro National Park.

Silica Rapids 6 Tongariro Guided Walks
Whakapapaiti Bush Track 1 Tongariro Guided Walks

The lower reaches of the Whakapapaiti track give us a true New Zealand bush track.  We get away from the maniured trails that are close to the roads and experience a bit of dirt.  Real Kiwi tramping, in a forest that has real Kiwi, (we've never seen one here, they only come out atfer dark).

Boardwalks get us over the delicate Alpine bogland (not smelly bog, just really damp) with ease.

Mt Ruapehu stands resplendent in the background.

Whakapapaiti Board walks 1 Tongariro Guided Walks
Whakapapaiti River Crossing 1 Tongariro Guided Walks

In the upper reaches of the Valley the Stream remains unbridged.  If you know the right spot, most days it is possible to keep our feet dry, otherwise, wet feet can just be considered part of the adventure!  A small price to pay to be an such a beautiful place away from the crowds.

 

The climb up on to the final ridge does not take long.  We experience the rapid changes as we move above the tree-line into rocky terrain that is sparsely covered by alpine shrubs and mosses.  The views back into the Valley show us what we have achieved.

Whakapapaiti Climbing the Ridge 1 Tongariro Guided Walks

Whakapapiti Ridge top views 1 Tongariro Guided Walks

A world looking very different from where we began.

 Not far to go now and we will be at the road to the Ski-field. Getting that satisfying feeling of a good day's walk now!

Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro have chosen to show themselves today too, lucky us.

Prices

Trip size: 2 or more people

Trip Size: 1 person (if no-one else joins you)
Join-a-Group Rate NZ$215.00 per person Join-a-Group Rate NZ$315.00 per person
Private Rate NZ $295.00 per person Private Rate NZ$395.00 per person