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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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Great to see but not a great walk

Great to see the Silica rapids well worth a walk but unfortunately more than 2ks on the side of the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Keith W
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Silica a little underwhelming

This is a nice enough walk but beware that it is uphill most of the way to the rapids then down the... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2018
Jo G
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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“nice walk” (3 reviews)
“hour walk” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Bruce Road | Tongariro National Park, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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+64 7-892 3729
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

The silica rapids are interesting and have a certain unique beauty but are not stunning. The walk has a number of informative panels to read which is a nice touch. Well maintained track. I recommend starting at the upper end; go up Bruce road past...More

Thank Hannah P
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

Easy walk, amazing landscape changes. Spectacular colors and contrasts. I did it first thing in the morning, and loved the peace and tranquility!

Thank CGOMEZF
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