This walk takes about 7 hours, 1.5 hours to the Waihohonu Hut and 5 .5 hours to Whakapapa.
This is a one way trek and requires transport to the beginning of the track and pick up at the end.
This is an easier alternative lower mountain walk than the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and is less affected by the weather. This walk includes the Taranaki Falls, Tama Lakes, Waihohonu Historic Hut and Ohinepango Springs.
From the Hut the track follow the Waihohonu stream gradually climbing to the Tama saddle. The Tama Saddle is exposed and can be windy in bad weather on reaching the saddle a track branches right to Tama Lakes, two partially in filled explosion craters.
The lower lake is 10 minutes side trip from the junction while the upper lake is up a steep ridge.
Whakapapa village is approximately two hours from the Tama Lake Junction. After the first hour the track meets the Taranaki Falls loop walk. To view the falls, follow the lower track down a flight of stairs to a boulder-ringed pool at the base, we will arrange to pick you up at the Whakapapa Village.