Taranaki Falls


Taranaki Falls

One of the most impressive and beautiful New Zealand waterfalls, Taranaki Falls is located in Tongariro National Park. The waterfall is accompanied by unforgeable views of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro, and fantastic walk through the beech forest. This waterfall is included into New Zealand Must See Waterfall's list.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 39° 11' 51.0678" E 175° 33' 51.642"
Parking: Ngauruhoe Terrace, Tongariro National Park
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 2hrs 

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 20m Type of the waterfall: Punchbowl

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 39° 11' 51.0678" E 175° 33' 51.642"
Parking:     Ngauruhoe Terrace, Tongariro National Park
Access:     2hrs  return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Taranaki Falls is roughly a 20-minutes drive away from National Park Village. The road surface is always sealed.

From National Park Village follow SH 48 to Whakapapa Village. As soon as you’re in the village follow the signs ‘Taranaki Falls’ until you reach a small car park on Ngauruhoe Terrace. Alternatively, you can leave your car on official Whakapapa Village car park (free of charge) with toilets and quite a big picnic area.

An easy 2 hours loop Taranaki Falls Walk leads to the waterfalls lookout, and then to the waterfall's base. The track is awesome! The first part of the track goes through the alpine grassland with an amazing view of the volcanoes. The second part of the loop goes through the beech forest with some river crossings (all bridged) and small waterfalls.

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