Tongariro National Park's highest waterfall, the 39 metre Waitonga Falls are reached via a well-formed track through mountain beech and kaikawaka (mountain cedar) forest. On clear calm days there are fantastic views of Mount Ruapehu and the surrounding countryside. You can see reflections of the mountain in the Rotokawa pools, part of an alpine wetland area.
The track is rich in plant life, with mistletoe on the beech trees, and a variety of orchids along the banks. In the alpine wetland area, you can see sundews and bladderworts in addition to the usual larger vegetation of the bog. Past Waitonga Falls, the track continues as part of the Round the Mountain Track, a 4-6 day backcountry hike around Mount Ruapehu. Directions The track begins from the parking area 11 kilometres up the Ohakune Mountain Road.
Time: 1 hr 20 minutes. Return
Distance: 4 kms. Return