Whakapapaiti Valley

  • 5 hr – 6 hr 30 min loop track with a road section
  • Easy

This is an easy day trip in summer from Whakapapaiti Village. Allow about six hours, but you can do it in five if you don't have too many breaks.

Whakapapaiti Hut • By Smivo.
Key information
Walking time
1 day
5 hr – 6 hr 30 min
Distance
16.0km
Type
Loop track with a road section
Loop track with a road section
Grade
Easy
First part is a walk up the Bruce Road. Exposed in winter. Grades explained
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Whakapapa Village
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Maps
NZTopo50-BJ34
Altitude
1,120m – 1,504m
Altitude change 384m

One river crossing, but you can step on boulders and not get your feet wet in low flow! Upper part of the track is exposed, so be careful in winter. Lower part of the track is in bush. Whakapapaiti Hut is a superb hut if you care to stay a night but you will need a hut pass or one hut tickets. Hut warden resident in summer.

Nice family trip with young kids if you stay the night in the hut (around 3 hours walk each day). 

If you enter via the top end of the track then you can avoid the river crossing. Can also add the Silica Falls loop into the walk as well, cuts the road walking distance in half.

Map
ID 2789

About this track

Added 24 March 2008 by RoderickRoderick. 3 revisions, most recently 23 January 2012 by 3Ps and 1C3Ps and 1C.
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