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Silica Rapids Track

Bruce Road | Tongariro National Park, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
+64 7-892 3729
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Beautiful but challenging hike

This hike is more challenging than the guide book says, but it is very worthwhile with beautiful... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Mark G
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New York City, New York
Great hike

We had a really good hike to see the rapids. Took around 2 hours to get to end of trail and then... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2018
Rachael B
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“nice walk” (3 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Bruce Road | Tongariro National Park, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

This hike is more challenging than the guide book says, but it is very worthwhile with beautiful views, asounding plants and trees and geological sites, streams and spectacular colors: of the stone, of the water, of the plants. Definitely try it.

Thank Mark G
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

We had a really good hike to see the rapids. Took around 2 hours to get to end of trail and then hike the road back to the car. We thought the road would be faster than backtracking on the trail, would have probably been...More

Thank Rachael B
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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

Great to see the Silica rapids well worth a walk but unfortunately more than 2ks on the side of the road not great. We didn’t , we drove to the top track and did the return back to the car. The rapids and scenery to...More

Thank Keith W
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

This is a nice enough walk but beware that it is uphill most of the way to the rapids then down the road on the way back. We preferred Taranaki Falls although the latter was much more crowded.

Thank Jo G
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

Breathtaking beauty around every turn! Everything was so lush and green and moss covered, there are waterfalls and rapids everywhere, you hear rushing water even when you can’t see it. A relaxing and gorgeous walk, if you love taking photos like I do it can...More

Thank Dustin A
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Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

I walked in from the Whakapapa information centre end. Only person on the trail and the scenery was vast ranging from walking over board walks to through forest. Great signage giving valuable bits of information about the area and the “why”.. took 1hr and 15...More

Thank Nadine T
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

Loved our hike to Silica Rapids, very enjoyable! Took our young kids (infant, 6 & 8) on this relatively easy trail - they really enjoyed the boardwalks and the changes between tussock land and forest. My eldest was a little disappointed that it wasn’t a...More

Thank Natasha M
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

Silica rapids is yet another great, free attraction Tongariro has to offer. This one has no tourists (yay) but it's high up so it would be nasty cold in winter. Go for a nice easy stroll through boardwalks and some stairs, other than that just...More

Thank Rebecca N
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Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our walk along this trail with it’s varied scenery. You will get to see the rapids in a variety of colours as you go along the trail. There is nothing difficult about the trail, the climbs are not particularly steep, and there are...More

Thank Grembo
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Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

Wear decent footwear for this undulating short hike on volcanic terrain. There is good interpretative signage at the springs.

Thank JJawandering
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