It will take you six hours of moderate to hard walking to complete the Ruapani Circuit. This description is in an anti-clockwise direction from the Waikareiti day shelter. About half an hour beyond the Waikareiti day shelter, a left fork takes you onto the Ruapani Circuit Track, which passes 7 wetlands to exit onto the Waikareiti Track again near the main road.
The Ruapini circuit can be done in either direction. In an anti-clockwise direction the track is accessed from the Waikareiti Track a half hour beyond the Waikareiti day shelter. Clockwise the track is accessed from the Waikareiti Track near the main road just north of the Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre.
Time: 6 hrs.