Tama Lakes Hike - Tongariro National Park

Our Mt Ruapehu Snow Shuttle is the best way to experience a hike in the Tongariro National Park in winter. Tama Lakes is a 5 hour/17km long hike and is located within the beautiful Tongariro National Park. Loop track from Whakapapa Village will also take you alongside the Taranaki Falls. A safer alternative to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tama Lakes Hike can be one of best day hikes you will do this winter!

Enjoy views of two lakes that occupy old explosion craters on Tama Saddle between Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe. Some of the oldest lava flows on the slopes of Ruapehu and Tongariro can be found at the Tama Saddle. Tama Lakes occupy six explosion craters, created around 10,000 years ago during an explosive eruption period. Beneath Ngauruhoe extend ancient ridges, survivors of glacial cycles that ravaged this area long ago.

 Be prepared!  You will need:

  • Warm, wet and windproof jacket and pants

  • Sturdy weatherproof hiking boots

  • Hat, Gloves

  • Water, snacks/food

We have hiking equipment available for hire including:

  • Anti-slip devices for your boots (slip over the soles of your boots to give you more grip in snow/ice)

  • Trekking poles

  • Hiking boots

  • Clothing

We will collect you from your accommodation and transport you safely to Whakapapa Village and the start of the Tama Lakes track. You should be hiking at 9.30am. Departure back to Taupo will be 3.15pm from outside the DoC Visitor Centre.

Please remember to reconfirm your booking by 6pm the day prior to your transfer to check on weather and track conditions. https://www.adventurehq.co.nz/contact/

Please be ready 10 minutes before departure time outside your accommodation.

For weather information follow this link: https://www.metservice.com/mountain/tongariro-national-park

Ready to explore? https://www.adventurehq.co.nz/book

Tama Lakes


Deb Atkinson