About an hour drive from Ohakune there is another hike worth doing in Tongario National Park. You must check out Taranaki Falls.
The track takes about 2 hours return and is actually included into New Zealand Must See Waterfalls list.
Pinch me!! You can actually see all 3 mountains Mr Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro on this walk. The weather is perfect. I still cant believe that this in winter in NZ.
The Taranaki Falls track is over bridged river crossings, alpine grassland, boardwalks and through beech forest with amazing views of the volcanoes. The walk leads to the waterfalls lookout and to the waterfall base. This waterfall is one of the New Zealand’s best waterfalls and the track is awesome!
After your walk check out I recommend you visit The Chateau. No doubt you will by feeling hungry and deserve a rest. The Chateau Tongariro Hotel is located within Whakapapa Village. It is a grand building, oozing elegance and tradition. You can relax there with afternoon tea gazing out the window at the breath
taking view. It costs $26.00 for high tea. The tea cups were so pretty and the scones are yummy!