Waitonga Falls


Waitonga Falls

Waitonga Falls is a complex of two waterfalls located in the heart of Tongariro National Park, Mt Ruapehu. The first waterfall is a 39 meter high two leaps waterfall, and the second one is a typical segmented waterfall. Both of them are very impressive falls.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 39° 19' 51.9384" E 175° 30' 36.7848"
Parking: Ohakune Mountain Rd, Tongariro National Park
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 1hr 30min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 39m Type of the waterfall: Multi-step

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 39° 19' 51.9384" E 175° 30' 36.7848"
Parking:     Ohakune Mountain Rd, Tongariro National Park
Access:     1hr 30min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Waitonga 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 parking at Ohakune Mountain Rd (on your right). There are no facilities there.

A walking 1.5-hours' return (more or less easy walk) Waitonga Falls track leads to the base of the Waitonga waterfall (on the main photo). The walk goes through the beech forest and a plateau bog with mountain reflection pools.

There is one more waterfall which drops to the same river as Waitonga Falls. You won't miss it when you look at Waitonga Falls, just turn your head and look to the right.

Return via the same track. Alternately, if you visit this waterfall as part of Round the Mountain Track, just continue the track.

Waterfalls nearby

Ohakune Mountain Falls

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

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Lupton Falls

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐
Access:     2hrs 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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