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Mt Tauhara is a medium 2.8km walk that will take you around 1 hour 15mins to reach the top. On a clear day you get good views of Lake Taupo, Mt Tongariro and not forgetting Mt Ruapehu. Mt Tauhara is 1,088m above sea level and was formed about 65,000 years ago.

While you’re in Taupo you should do a few tours to really get to see the true Taupo. Especially popular is seeing the Maori Rock Carving. Or take a brilliant whitewater rafting tour down the Tongariro River.

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island NZ
        • Distance: 2.80 kms
        • Time needed: 1 Hour 15 Minutes to the top
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: One Way
        • Elevation: 1088m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    On a clear day you can get good views of Lake Taupo, Mt Tongariro and not forgetting Mt Ruapehu.

  • Track Quality

    The track is quite rough and over grown in places.

  • Hazards

    Be prepared to freeze on the top.

  • Transport


  • Water

    There is a creek 15 minutes from the top.

  • Driving Instructions


  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    Taupo is only 7Km away

  • Area & Track History

    Mt Tauhara is 1,088 Mt above sea level; the mountain formed about 65,000 years ago. It is linked up with White Island which is 51km out to sea from Whakatane. 84km to the south is Mt Ruapehu, 193 km south West to Mt Egmont. Mt Tauhara is made up of 98% Rhyolite what ever that is, and only 7km from the city of Taupo.

  • Best Things To Do near this walk

  • Map location of Mt Tauhara Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Mt Tauhara car park

From down town Taupo all you need to do is make your way to the Taupo, Napier Highway. You can see Mt Tauhara from town. 5.2km from the lake edge you will see the sign to Mountain Road and N.Z.A.D rifle range, turn left and drive to the end of the road.

Point 2: Into the scrub

Behind the rather large pine tree you will see the sign to the start of the track. For the first 50 minutes you will be walking up hill over farm land to the water tanks. Then you disappear into the scrub.

Point 3: Water

From the water tanks it is up hill all the way. The track is not to bad to start off with just a little on the steep side but that does not last for long.

Point 4: Mt Tauhara Summit

The walk to the summit of Mt Tauhara from the creek is very enjoyable, there is a short flat section to walk along before the last climb to the summit of Mt Tauhara. Today the views of the whole Lake Taupo district was outstanding. Some light cloud passed over head and the wind was bitterly cold but in all it was a fantastic day.

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