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Mt Tongariro

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Mt Tongariro

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Stato: Nuova Zelanda Inizio: Ketetahi Carpark MinEle: 0 m
Regione: Tongariro National Park Fine: Desert Road MaxEle: 1617 m
Waypoints: 10 Dislivello salita: 1865 m
32.9 km
Downloads: 103 Dislivello discesa: 1666 m
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Aug 22, 7117
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A Wilderness trip in Tongariro National Park. There are some very popular trails in this area but this trip leaves the track at Ketetahi Hut and ventures past the Te Mari Craters (last erupted about 100 years ago) and into the Te Tatau Pounamu Wilderness. We camped in the Mangahouhounui Steam before traversing the lower flanks of Mt Tongariro to return to the track system at Otutere Hut.

Things weren’t looking good when we got to Turangi. Sure the weather was fine, the participants fit, healthy and ready to go. What was missing was a driver. The guy from Alpine Scenic Tours had forgotten to meet us at 8pm and no one seemed to be able to contact him.

Eventually, our saviour appeared in the form of Olwyn McNickle from the Turangi Motor camp. She agreed to drive us to the Ketetahi road end and look after our car for us.

So we were soon on the track to Ketetahi Hut, after a brief stop for some sleep. The weather was fine except for a cool breeze as we got higher.

After a stop at Ketetahi Hut, we said good bye to German Tourists and headed off the end of the first zig zag towards Te Mari Craters. We rested on the ridge above the upper crater and then decided to climb above the crater and sidle into the saddle beyond. This was a mistake. The slope is steep and loose and it was pretty grotty going. My suggestion is to loose a bit of height and go below the crater, then climb up to the saddle.

Once in the Mangahouhounui catchment one felt the woes of the world being left behind as we stopped in the grassy tussocks for lunch. Then we headed down stream, enjoying the warm sun and resting often by the cool springs that feed the upper reaches of this stream.

When we arrived at the camping spot in the first piece of bush in the valley we proceeded to do things like pitch the tent fly, wash weary bodies and in the case of myself, dismantle my stove to clean it. However I had neglected one important task. Had all the party arrived? Suddenly realising that Janice wasn’t there had me bounding back up valley looking for her. I eventually found her about 100 yards downstream of our camp. She realised that she was lost and had stopped and put her red sleeping bag up in a tree and was blowing her whistle. I had actually heard the whistle while cleaning my stove and had thought that that bird had sounded like someone blowing a whistle.

Believe me, there is no species of bird that sounds like someone blowing a whistle. Lessons for all here (1) Leader make sure that ALL the party has arrived before relaxing too much. (2) When you are lost, stop and act like a beacon. Well done Janice.

That night we settled under the tent fly as soon as it got dark and all got a good sleep.

Sunday morning and we had an early start and went down stream a couple of hundred metres to find the rocky gut that leads you through the scrub to the ridge. Route correction two… stay out of the gut for as long as possible below the waterfall. It is full of windfalls and bush lawyer. It would be better going in the bush on the true left of the gut. The waterfall can be turned on the true right and from there it is an easy boulder hop to the open tops.

Once on the tops we enjoyed the view over towards Mt Pihanga and made a couple of cell phone calls, catching up on the results of the NZ –England rugby test.

We then climbed another 200m to the 1400m contour and proceeded to traverse to Oturere Hut, enjoying the expanding views of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Ngauruhoe as we went. We came out bang on the right altitude and after a scramble through Oturere Stream itself we arrived at the hut for lunch.

Time was now critical as we were due at the Desert Rd at 4pm so it was time to hoof it. The volcanic dust was dry and hot so it made thirsty work getting to Waihohonu Hut and then down to the road. A coolish breeze did help but it was a grind. Reminder for next time to allow more time on this leg.

Thanks to Mike Gray, Chris Mountfort and Janice Fry for coming along.

Peter McKellar

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Tracks & Routes

Nome Descrizione Distanza Dislivello salita Dislivello discesa  
Day 1 No Description 12 Km 1002 m 640 m
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Day 2 No Description 19 Km 863 m 1026 m
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Recommended Recommended Route 1 Km 0 m 0 m
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POIs (Points of Interest)

Picture Description Coordinates Elevation Icon

GUT Lat: -39.131917 Lon: 175.706500 0 m
Rocky Gut

KETAH2 Lat: -39.073500 Lon: 175.664000 0 m

ARCH Lat: -39.127174 Lon: 175.688214 1293 m
19-NOV-05 2:18:15PM

CAMP Lat: -39.130217 Lon: 175.703350 0 m
Camp Site

OLDHUT Lat: -39.209217 Lon: 175.672717 0 m
Old Hut - Museum

KETAHI Lat: -39.107817 Lon: 175.652933 0 m

OTRERE Lat: -39.158683 Lon: 175.689350 0 m

UPTEMA Lat: -39.109633 Lon: 175.670933 0 m

TRKST Lat: -39.226850 Lon: 175.734867 0 m

WAIHOH Lat: -39.208417 Lon: 175.679600 0 m
Waihohonu Hut