Family on Rainbow Mountain Walking Track View from the top

After taking in the sights of the two crater lakes, continue north and uphill through regenerating native bush and past the bare, steaming ridges. There are regular opportunities to view the surrounding countryside, but to get the complete 360-degree picture, you need to continue up to the summit for one of the best views in the area.

The summit is about 1.5 hours from the crater lakes. Watch out for vehicles in the last 10 minutes to the top. From here you can see Mt Tarawera; Lakes Tarawera, Rotomahana and Rerewhakaaitu to the north; Paeroa Range to the west; the Te Urewera Ranges and Kaimanawa Forest to the east; and Mt Tauhara, Lake Taupo and the volcanic peaks of Tongariro National Park to the south.

 To view the Department of Conservation Summit Track webpage click here