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Muzzamuzzamuzza
Wellington, New Zealand72 bidrag
jan. 2021
The Tama Lakes walk is a good workout - 17km, around 5 hours. It is not as difficult or scenic as the nearby Tongariro Crossing, but it isn't as busy either. Most of the track is well paved but there are several stream crossings where you have to walk on rocks, and the final section between Lower and Upper Tama is an unpaved scree slope up a wind-swept ridge line. The weather was not great when we went, but I can imagine the the view of the two mountains would be fantastic on a good day. There are two long drops - one above Tarawera Falls and the other where the Tama lakes track branches from the Tongariro Northern Circuit (near Lower Tama). At the lakes the track runs along the crater ridge. The decent to the lakes is steep and there is no track or poles. According to the DoC information, it is not recommended to go down to the crater bottoms and it is definitely bad form to enter the water. The lakes are both pristine and sacred.
Skrevet 9. januar 2021
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Greg F
Auckland Central, New Zealand965 bidrag
sep. 2020
The Tama Lakes track is one of my favorite, having done it 3 times in the past 5 years, during August/ September.This is also a great alternative to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, if you feel you aren't fit enough or the weather in the high mountains does not look good.

The track is suitable for all ages and runs along a broad well maintained track. It is relatively flat with gradual inclines right until the Lower Tama Lake. The only trick bit, is the last 20 minutes from the Lower to Upper Tama Lake, where it's a bit of a scramble up some loose rocks at quite a steep incline.
The track begins at the Chateau Tongariro, you park at the Visitors Center, and walk down Ngauruhoe Terrace which is across the road. (It is well signposted).
Continue down Ngauruhoe Terrace (ALL THE WAY TO THE END) where you will see the beginning of the track to the Taranaki Falls & the Tama Lakes. Don't take the Track on the left as it it s the lower track to the falls and less scenic.
The walk to Taranaki Falls take about 40 minutes - 1 hr (depending on you speed) and is quiet flat all the way through. Once you get to the Taranaki Falls, you will be at the top of the falls, and a board pointing right in the direction of the Tama Lakes. The path on the left heads down to the foot of the falls and takes you back to the Visitor Center via the lower route.
From this point it's roughly 1.5 hours to the Lower Tama Lakes or less. The track climbs a little 2-3 times, but nothing too steep. At the lower Tama Lake, is where it gets a just tad tricky, as you climb up along the ridge, following the orange markers, until you can view the Lower Tama Lake, in about 20-30 minutes. This section can be windy so it's best to hold onto any hats or lose items.

The walk is through the park is beautiful and gives you the best views of both mountains with the lakes for your foreground. In total it would take you 3 hours or less to get to the end, and then you re trace your steps back. At the Taranaki falls, you have the option to take the lower track and enjoy the falls on your way back to the car park.

M partner and I walked the track in the dark on our third time, so we could get to the Lower Tama Lake by sunrise, and it was quite easy. However, I would not recommend walking the section to the Upper Tama Lake in the dark, unless you have done the track before and have favourable weather.
Skrevet 25. september 2020
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Mina_reist
Rheinland-Pfalz, Tyskland2 443 bidrag
mar. 2020
Ganz wundervoller Ort, trotz der vielen Leute bleibt er magisch und es ist toll, hier nach dem Crossing runter zu kommen und die Seen zu sehen.
Skrevet 2. august 2020
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leoniew5558
Wellington, New Zealand118 bidrag
mar. 2020 • Venner
This has it all. Views, variety, waterfalls, caldera, beech Forrest, tussock and choices at several crossroads. Very well sign posted, duck board over boggy bits, steps up steep bits. Absolutely recommended to all who can cope with 12 km of track and climb in good weather.
Skrevet 11. mars 2020
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alirob123
Storbritannia146 bidrag
feb. 2020
We had planned to do the Tongariro Crossing but due to a death there was a Rahui and no walkers were allowed on the crossing area for the duration of our stay. Hence we had to find an alternative. This walk is not as hard as the TAC but it is still quite challenging with an undulating path before the final ascent to the Upper Lake. Because of the Rahui there were more walkers than usual but it was still relatively quiet. The walk offers great views of the Tongariro Park's mountains and the lakes themselves are very beautiful.
Skrevet 28. februar 2020
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Christina N
Stockholm38 bidrag
jan. 2020
We had planned to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing but it was too windy and this was recommended as an alternative. In retrospect, I think we ended up having a better day than we would have on TAC, seeing as how crowded TAC seems to be.

We started around 8.30 and took the lower circuit to Taranaki Falls in order to see the waterfalls (keep left to get on the lower circuit). First part of the track is through forest and after 40 minutes or so you reach Taranaki Falls, just beatiful! We then continued on to Tama Lakes. The road is fairly well paved in most places and not too steep. All the way you have incredible views over the national park including Mt Doom. We met a few other hikers but it didn't feel crowded at all.

First, we reached the Lower Tama Lake. From there it is an uphill climb on a gravel track to Upper Tama Lake. A bit tricky but not too bad. Anyone who is of average fitness can manage this. I have quite a lot of vertigo and found some parts to be a bit scary but made it to the top. The views from the top are truly amazing! What an incredible view!

Then you unfortunately have to go back the same way, which I think is the main (only?) drawback of this track.

I really recommend this track to anyone who wants an alternative to Tongariro Alpine Crossing that is a little bit less crowded, less streneous, if you are unsure of your fitness level, or if the weather conditions prevent you from TAC.

There are toilets at upper Taranaki falls (they are hidden when you come from the lower falls and continue to Tama Lakes, so we didn't see them) as well as just before lower Tama Lake.

We did the walk in running shoes which was fine. It's mainly the last part to Upper Tama Lakes where you would benefit from hiking shoes, but it's manageable to do in trainers as well.
Skrevet 23. februar 2020
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Kiwi unterwegs
Heidelberg, Tyskland779 bidrag
feb. 2020 • Alene
Ich habe die Tama Lakes als Abstecher im Rahmen des Tongariro Northern Circuit (Great Walk) besucht. Es ist ein Abstecher von 10‘ zum unteren und 45‘ zum oberen. Vom Visitor Center zur Kreuzung sind es noch einmal 1.5-2 Stunden. Man sollte nicht zur Stoßzeit gehen, denn dann ist es super voll!!!
Der Weg von der Kreuzung zum unteren See ist kurz und einfach, zum oberen folgt dann aber ein knackiger Anstieg.
Aber: es lohnt sich. Man hat - gutes Wetter vorausgesetzt- einen tollen Blick auf klar schimmernde Seen, einfach atemberaubend!!!
Skrevet 15. februar 2020
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scarlettjhoward
Waiouru, New Zealand18 bidrag
feb. 2020 • Par
Mother nature really is beautiful, these lakes are a wee bit of a long haul to get to. But well worth the walk! 👍🏻 Nothing to vigorous though, so all ages can complete! We took a moment for lunch at the lakes and it was so serene. Definatly a must do if you're in the area 😊
Skrevet 9. februar 2020
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Wanderlust_Scot
Dundee, UK98 bidrag
feb. 2020 • Par
We started the walk relatively early when it was quiet - around 8.30- taking the lower goaded path on the Taranaki Falls circuit. The light play through the trees was lovely and the falls interesting emerging as they do through walls of old lava. We continued up onto the Tama Lakes walk - excellently signposted with regular toilet facilities. The landscape was simply stunning - we had done the Tongariro Crossing two days earlier in relatively poor weather so it was marvellous to have views that stretched far and wide and included the outline of Taranaki in Egmont on the horizon. The view of Mount Ruapehu changed as we walked and was quite different from that we had seen on the previous day walk through Whakanapapei Valley. The lakes themselves were really interesting both geologically and scenically. The upper lake in particular is a wonderful view point. The scree ascent/ descent is fine though I myself like using poles when walking and they certainly helped on the descent. The walk back always seems longer than the walk in - certainly I was glad we had taken the lower track by the falls on the way in as I found the upper track on the falls circuit on the way back a bit of a trudge though it’s fine. Really wonderful walk though. Would thoroughly recommend.
Skrevet 7. februar 2020
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Graham
109 bidrag
jan. 2020 • Par
High winds prevented us from undertaking the Tongariro Crossing.

We had comprehensive advice from the Whakapapa iSite on the route and various alternatives.

We walked out of our hotel (Skotel Hotel) and onto the upper track to the Taranaki Falls. This took 45 mins. Note there are toilets there. We continued on the well made track to the Upper Tama Lake, taking a total of 3 hours from the hotel. The fun can be extended by following the faint path up the ridge towards Mt Ngauruhoe. There is a rounded summit at 1650 m (marked on the map). You can head along to the ridge end for an uninterrupted view of Mt Ngauruhoe. 4 hours from hotel. Turning back for the return, the views are dominated by Mt Ruapehu. Rejoin the path above the Upper Lake and follow the track back to the Taranaki Falls. We then took the Lower Path back to Whakapapa / Skotel Hotel. Total time for the walk including breaks was 7.5 hours. Despite the high winds, we had a great day out and can recommend to any competent hill walkers.
Skrevet 31. januar 2020
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