Lupton Falls


Lupton Falls

20 metre high, un-officially named, Lupton Falls is found at the base of Mt Ruapehu, along the track to the Lupton Hut. There is no official track to this waterfall, but you can follow a river base to reach the perfect view of the waterfall.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 39° 19' 57.7842" E 175° 30' 44.5752"
Parking: Ohakune Mountain Rd, Tongariro National Park
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Tramping track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 2hrs 30min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 17m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 39° 19' 57.7842" E 175° 30' 44.5752"
Parking:     Ohakune Mountain Rd, Tongariro National Park
Access:     2hrs 30min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Lupton Falls is roughly a 15 minutes' drive away from Ohakune Village or 50 minutes from National Park Village. The road surface is always sealed.

From Ohakune travel north on Goldfinch St, which becomes Mangawhero Terrace and finally becomes Ohakune Mountain Rd. Stay on this road for 11.5 km. There is a well signposted ('Waitonga Falls') parking at Ohakune Mountain Rd (on your right). There are no facilities there.

From the parking follow Waitonga Falls track until you reach the Waitonga waterfall. Then follow the track which leads to the Lupton Hut until the first river crossing. Look to the left, you'll see the top of the waterfall. Turn left and follow the river bed up to the waterfall's base.

Return via the same track, or you can walk to the Lupton Hut and stay there overnight.

Note: There is NO official track to the waterfall. You have to follow the river bed. Please be careful and have the appropriate gear (at very least boots).

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Ohakune Mountain Falls

Rating:       ⭐
Access:     5min return walk
Driving:   1 m (1 min)

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Waitonga Falls

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Access:     1hr 30min return walk
Driving:   1 m (1 min)

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Mangawhero Falls

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐
Access:     20min return walk
Driving:   1.4 km (1 min)

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Mangaturuturu Rapids

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Access:     2hrs  return walk
Driving:   3.4 km (5 mins)

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