Rangipo Desert Experience

Rangipo Desert 1 Tongariro Guided Walks

Difficulty: Moderate
Allow: 6-8 hours
Distance: 16km
Total Climb: Small rises
Total Descent: 400m

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.

Prices

Trip size: 2 or more people

Trip Size: 1 person (if no-one else joins you)
Join-a-Group Rate NZ$215.00 per person Join-a-Group Rate NZ$315.00 per person
Private Rate NZ $295.00 per person Private Rate NZ$395.00 per person
Here is a description of some of the features and highlights of the walk:

 

Nature's own bonsai,..how long has this gnarly old cottonwood been struggling in this harsh environment?

Rangipo Desert 4 Bonsai Tongariro Guided Walks
Rangipo Desert 5 Tongariro Guided Walks

The vastness of this Alpine Desert is awesome.   Valleys cut by ancient glaciers coming down from Ruapehu, coated in layers of more recent volcanic ash.

Like an oasis, the change to alpine herb-fields is sudden.  Diverse is a great word to describe the terrain of ths walk, typical of Tongariro National Park.

Rangipo Desert 3 Tongariro Guided Walks
Rangipo Desert 6 Ohinepango Tongariro Guided Walks

The clear cold waters of the Ohinepango Springs.

We visit the Historic Waihohonu Hut, the oldest building in this, New Zealand's oldest National Park

Waihohonu Hut 1 Tongariro Guided Walks
Rangipo Desert 7 Tongariro Guided Walks

Any easy walk out to the finish through Alpine scrub.

Prices

Trip size: 2 or more people

Trip Size: 1 person (if no-one else joins you)
Join-a-Group Rate NZ$215.00 per person Join-a-Group Rate NZ$315.00 per person
Private Rate NZ $295.00 per person Private Rate NZ$395.00 per person