An awe inspiring landscape on the lesser travelled flanks of Mt Ruapehu, offering breath-taking views of the three largest volcanoes, as well as the Kaimanawa Ranges.
A great day’s walk, (predominantly easy downhill!), avoiding the crowds, and enjoying the solitude and serenity offered by the Tongariro National Park.
We drive a rough four-wheel-drive road up into the eastern side of the Tongariro National Park to start at our highest point for the day. Entering a world of harsh extremes, of dry and dusty summers, and freezing winters, making it a tough place for plants to survive, we experience the raw beauty of the true Alpine Desert, Rangipo.
This walk encompasses the raw beauty of the barren Rangipo Desert, before giving way to impressive alpine herb-fields. We visit the crystal clear Ohinepango Springs, and historic Waihohonu hut before continuing via the old Coach road to emerge once more on the Desert Road.