Summit of Mt Tauhara

The trail to the top of Mt Tauhara is a favourite hike with locals and visitors. This 2.5km trail climbs to the summit at 1,088 metres, offering panoramic views over Lake Taupō and the central North Island.

Enjoy some heart-pumping action by clambering up the flanks of a 65,000-year-old dormant volcano for sweeping views across Lake Taupō towards the sacred peaks of Tongariro National Park.

There's often a happy hive of energetic activity on its bush-clad flanks. Each day, a steady stream of locals and tourists navigate steep pastures for 20 minutes before entering the forest and embarking on a steady climb, often with rooty sections and through narrow dirt channels before a final push to the trig at 1,088 metres above sea level.

But don't stop at the trig. Instead, follow the path to an exposed rocky outcrop for expansive views of the Central Plateau. Time your climb for even more swoon-worthy views as the sun dips below the horizon, casting a peachy glow across the landscape.

Be prepared

Prepare for this challenging hike with sturdy footwear, water, snacks, and warm clothing due to potentially chilly, windy conditions at the summit. Mount Tauhara holds cultural significance for the local Māori; please stay on the track and respect the environment.

Distance: 2.8 km one way
Grade: Intermediate to advanced
Accessibility:  Walking only. Mix of dirt trails with steps, at times rough. Stiles to cross.
Walking: Allow 2 to 3 hours return.
Direction: Return via the same track.
Facilities: No toilets are available. 
Getting there: 10 minutes drive from Taupō to Mountain Road off SH5 Napier-Taupō Highway 
Transport and guides: None required. 
Dog access: No dogs are allowed. 
Physical address:
94 Mountain Rd
New Zealand