You begin about 100 metres below the Doc Centre at Ngauruhoe Place. Take the lower route for the Taranaki Falls, you climb up to the left of the Taranaki falls the track branches to the left for the Tama lakes.
While the main track continues on to Waihohonu Hut. There is an overview of the lower lake (1200 metres), and then the track climbs steeply to the upper lake (1314 metres).
Tama Lakes occupy several old explosion craters on the Tama Saddle between Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe. There are no formed tracks and the descent to both lakes is via steep gullies.
Tama Saddle acts as a funnel for prevailing westerly winds. Windproof clothing is recommended in this area.