Ruapehu’s Wowland (G16)

The incredible unknown scenery on the flank of Mt Ruapehu from/above the Round-the-Mountain track.  Yellow sulphur waterfalls…views to Mt Taranaki…springs that do tricks…rainbows from behind waterfalls…rock-climbing routes hard-to-believe, but harder-to-climb.

Carpark GPS: -39.309292  175.516802

4th Falls GPS: -39.297854  175.523621

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In the photo below you can see 3rd, 2nd, and first falls fro the left side of the photo to the left.

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Off-trail scramble route above the Round-the-Mountain Track.

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Walk behind both 1st Falls and 4th falls on this route.  The secretive Mt Ruapehu rock-climbing area is at 4th falls on this map-grab.

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Heading down 2nd creek the off-trail route will re-join with the Round-the-Mountain Track, and from there you’ll backtrack back to the carpark on the RtM track.

Below is 1st Falls:

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Next is a photo from behind 1st Falls looking out to distant Mt Taranaki. Wow!

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Below is a pic of Lil Squirt Spring, not showing too much to preserve your surprise.

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2nd Falls into view after a visit up to Lil Squirt Spring:

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4th Falls is pictured below:

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Circling down and behind 4th Falls you’ll see quickdraws on the rock climbing routes.  Zoom the photo here to see more chalk and quickdraws on the overhung rock climbing routes.  These routes on the slope of Mt Ruapehu may be some of the most challenging in all of New Zealand.

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Below is 2nd stream below the yellow cascades, heading down towards the pole-marked junction with the Round-the-Mountain track.

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