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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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