Tawhai Falls


Tawhai Falls

Tawhai Falls is 13-meter high waterfall located in Tongariro National Park, along the way to Whakapapa Village. The easy and enjoyable walk brings you to the waterfall's lookout, then to the falls base where you can find 'natural rocky Trolls' (exactly as described in the 'Hobbit').

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 39° 10' 23.0082" E 175° 30' 52.4664"
Parking: State Highway 48, Tongariro National Park
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 20min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 13m Type of the waterfall: Curtain

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 39° 10' 23.0082" E 175° 30' 52.4664"
Parking:     State Highway 48, Tongariro National Park
Access:     20min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Tawhai Falls is roughly a 10 minutes' drive away from National Park Village or 1.5 hours from Taupo. The road surface is always sealed.

From National Park Village head east on the SH-47 for 9 km, then turn right onto SH-48 and stay on it for the next 2.5 km. A small well-signposted car park is on your left. There are no facilities there.

An easy Tawhai Falls walk starts from the parking and leads you to the waterfall's lookout platform, then to the waterfall's base. Rocks formation at the base of falls looks like Trolls from Hobbit (please refer to the Gallery). The track is well-maintained but has some stairs at the end, so not suitable for wheelchairs. It takes 10 minutes to reach the falls. Return via the same track.

Waterfalls nearby

Taranaki Falls

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Access:     2hrs  return walk
Driving:   3.9 km (4 mins)

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