Skotel Alpine Resort is perfectly located for hikers and walkers of all abilities. The hotel is the ideal base for exploring the UNESCO dual-world-heritage Tongariro National Park – and the many hiking and biking trails in the area. From the hotel you can walk to Taranaki Falls, Tawhai Falls, Tama Lakes and more.

Here’s some of our favourite walking and hiking trails:

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Length: 19.4km
Track Starts: Transfers can be arranged from Skotel Alpine Resort – ask at reception.

One of the most popular things to do in this region in Summer with between 400 and 1000 people making the walk each day! Read more.

Taranaki Falls

Length: 2 hour return, 6km loop
Track Starts: 50m from Skotel

The Taranaki Falls track has excellent mountain views and crosses a range of terrain. The upper and lower tracks form a loop with the falls situated around the half-way point.

Whakapapa Nature Walk

Length: 15 minute loop
Track Starts: 250m behind Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre

The Whakapapa nature walk is upon a sealed loop track that gives walkers a glimpse of the various unique flora of Tongariro National Park, with interpretive signage along the way.

Ridge Walking Track

Length: 30-40 minute return
Track Starts: 150m above the Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre

After a short climb to a ridge through a beech forest, the Ridge Walking Track emerges into shrublands with lovely views of the mountains and surrounding landscape.

Whakapapanui Walking Track

Length: 2 hours return, 6km in-out
Track Starts: 250m above the Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre

Take the Silica Rapids trail and veer off to the right on the Whakapapanui Walk towards the stream.

Silica Rapids Walking Track

Length: 2.5 hours return, 7km loop
Track Starts: 250m above the Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre

The Silica Rapids Track crosses the Whakapapanui Stream with creamy-white Silica Rapid terraces and meanders through beech forest, eventually to Silica Rapids.The walk returns via a climb on the side of a tussock-covered lava flow and a small clump of mountain beech and toatoa.

Tama Lakes Tramping Track

Length: 5 to 6 hours return, 17 km in-out
Track Starts: 50m from Skotel

The Tama Lakes Tramping Track begins on the Taranaki Falls Walk and veers to the left of Tama Lakes continuing on to Waihohonu Hut. It then climbs steeply to a viewpoint with views of both lakes.

Whakapapaiti Valley Tramping Track

Length: 4 to 5 hours return, 26km loop
Track Starts: 250m above the Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre

Follow the same track for the Silica Rapids Track for about 45 minutes to the junction of the Whakapapaiti Track. It goes through forest and open tussock-covered terrain, across the bridge of the Whakapapaiti River and continues up the valley.

After an exciting day hiking, biking, or sight-seeing guests can enjoy a refreshing sauna, a relaxing spa, or unwind over a drink or a meal at the Skotel Restaurant and Bar. Book your Ruapehu Accommodation with us here at Skotel Alpine Resort.

Seasonal only – in summer months Skotel Alpine Resort offers return shuttles from the door step to the starting point of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, that you can book on arrival. (THIS IS SEASONAL ONLY) – Check with our friendly staff for information.

During the winter months guided tours can be arranged with Adrift Outdoors and Adventure Outdoors.

This article is included in Twinkl’s ‘Get up and Walk’ campaign, and is part of their article Some great ideas for ‘Get up and walk February.