Whakapapa Village (G15)

Whakapapa Village and Mt Ruapehu Crater tramp route, Tongariro National Park.

GPS: -39.200847 175.539355

Whakapapa Village overview

Whakapapa Village overview

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Tawhai Falls, just a short walk off the Whakapapa Village entrance road.  On a sunny day the color here is brilliant!

Tawhai Falls, just a short walk off the Whakapapa Village entrance road. On a sunny day the color here is brilliant!

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Taranaki Falls on the nice loop track from Whakapapa Village.

Taranaki Falls on the nice loop track from Whakapapa Village.

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Ruapehu Crater tramp overview:

Ruapehu Crater tramp overview

Ruapehu Crater tramp overview

The was the lodge at the top of the Ruapehu chairlift before it was burned-down by arsonists in 2009.

The was the lodge at the top of the Ruapehu chairlift before it was burned-down by arsonists in 2009.

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The summertime chairlift up the lower slopes of Mt Ruapehu.  Take the chairlift just for views, or to aid the ascent of Mt Ruapehu to its summit and crater lake.

The summertime chairlift up the lower slopes of Mt Ruapehu. Take the chairlift just for views, or to aid the ascent of Mt Ruapehu to its summit and crater lake.

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The view from the climb of Mt Ruapehu, looking north over the Tama Lakes to the pointy Mt Ngauruhoe. In the far right hazy distance you can see Taupo's Mt Tauhara.

The view from the climb of Mt Ruapehu, looking north over the Tama Lakes to the pointy Mt Ngauruhoe. In the far right hazy distance you can see Taupo’s Mt Tauhara.

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Overlooking the steaming Mt Ruapehu crater lake with the corner of Dome Shelter visible

Overlooking the steaming Mt Ruapehu crater lake with the corner of Dome Shelter visible

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Mt Ruapehu Crater lake

Mt Ruapehu Crater lake

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Back down at the village:

Silica Rapids with the snowy crown of Mt Ruapehu just showing

Silica Rapids with the snowy crown of Mt Ruapehu just showing

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The vibrant yellow-colored Silica Rapids above Whakapapa Village

The vibrant yellow-colored Silica Rapids above Whakapapa Village

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The epic view of Mt Ruapehu from the low-priced DoC Mangahuia campgrond on SH47.

The epic view of Mt Ruapehu from the low-priced DoC Mangahuia campgrond on SH47.

The epic view of Mt Ruapehu from the low-priced DoC Mangahuia campgrond on SH47.

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One Response to “Whakapapa Village (G15)”

  1. Chris Says:

    Tama Lakes track is very easy and worthwhile on a clear day. We spent an hour on our own just beyond the high point of the walk with Doom and Upper Tama on one side, Ruapehu and Lower Tama on the other.

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