The Rangatira Point Track is one of our favourite walks in Taupō. Located just south of Acacia Bay, it’s right on our doorstep but feels like it’s a world away as you meander along the lake shore to the sound of birdsong and the gentle lapping of the lake.
The track starts on Acacia Bay Road, approximately 4.5km south of Acacia Bay, where there’s a small roadside parking area. From here, the track follows the shoreline towards Rangatira Point which is the southernmost tip of this peninsula, just west of Taupō. It’s an easy 2.5km walk to the point and apart from one set of stairs, flat all the way, making it an ideal family-friendly short walk.
After Rangatira Point, the track continues on for another kilometre to Whakamoenga Point, and while it’s a little steeper in places, going the extra distance is well worth the effort. That’s because the large flat rocks around Whakamoenga Point make it a perfect spot for swimming in Summer (or Spring if you’re a little crazy like us).
If you do decide to visit, here are a couple of things to be aware of:
- If you don’t want to do the full 6km return walk and just want to visit Whakamoenga Point, there is another parking area closer to the end of the track. Just continue along Acacia Bay Road until you see the signs.
- You will see on Google Maps that Taupō’s famous Māori Rock Carvings are just around the corner from Whakamoenga Point. Unfortunately you can’t reach the carvings on foot. You can however paddle there and you can read more about that here.
- Public access to Whakamoenga Point is thanks to an agreement between the Taupō District Council and the Rangatira Point Block Incorporation. Please stick to the public access area and, as always, leave no trace.
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