Wide open arid volcanic landscapes, picture perfect volcanic peaks, waterfalls, and clear flowing waters. It’s no wonder this is a World Heritage site. Today we’ll take the Silica Rapids walk, which follows a cascading stream through mountain beech forest to the creamy white terraces carved out from thousands of years of volcanic activity. If you’re up for another waterfall, we’ll take a 6 kilometers loop track to Taranaki Falls, where the water tumbles 20 meters over a 15,000-year-old lava flow to crash into the pool below.
This afternoon we’re heading to one of New Zealand’s most iconic hotels, in the volcanic central plateau, the Chateau Tongariro, where we’ll have afternoon tea. This evening your wonderful guides will prepare another delicious meal.
Activity for today: 4.7km, 2 hours on Silica Rapids trail; optional Taranaki falls 6km, 2 hours