Spectacularly barren rocky alpine terrain gives way to a tussock grass filled valley. With delicate alpine plants, a river crossing, boardwalks over eerie alpine bog-land, beech forest, and stunning views of Mt Ruapehu, this walk has much to offer, all without having to climb over a mountain!
Not a busy track, it is one of the places to go to avoid crowds and enjoy the solitude of the wilderness.
Easy walks in and around the varied landscapes of the Whakapapa area of Mt. Ruapehu. A great option if the weather is not suitable for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing or other high altitude walks.
There are more than enough choices to fill an entire day, we can mix and match to suit your energy levels and abilities.
Please email us for more information of this walk. We only offer this walk in summer conditions.
We have two pricing options available, either ride the Sky-Waka Gondola up to 2000m and begin hiking, or commit to a purist's off-trail hike from the base of the Ski-Area up to the upper reaches of the North Island's highest volcano.
An awe inspiring landscape on the lesser traveled 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.
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.
A well formed track leads out to the Lower Tama Lake, some of the most ancient craters of this World Heritage Area. An optional climb on natural surfaces leads to a second lake hidden on the flanks of Mount Ngauruhoe. The open spaces of the Tama Saddle are filled with hardy alpine plant life, testament to nature's resolve. This track returns via the spectacular Taranaki Falls, and the cool shade of a small enclave of Mountain Beech forest.
Located in the Kaimanawa Forest Park, the full day hike on the Umukarikari track offers a unique perspective of the volcanoes of the Central North Island.
A traditional New Zealand “tramping” track, the Umukarikari track climbs up through a mix of ancient native hardwood and gnarled beech trees, before emerging above the tree line into the alpine zone of mosses, tussock grass and mountain daisy. Above the bush line we have panoramic views extending around from the eastern side Desert Road, the three volcanoes of Tongariro National Park, as well as Lakes Rotoaira and Taupo.
Traveling as two or more: NZ$220.00 per person, Join-a-Group rate. Groups no larger than 8 per guide.
Traveling Solo: if no one has booked for the day you have chosen, but you are willing to let others join you, we will book you in at the Join-a-Group rate of NZ$360.00. This will reduce to NZ$220.00 if someone else joins onto your trip, or if a trip is already operating on your chose date.
Private Guided trip: NZ$345.00 per person for two or more people.
Private Guided Solo Traveler: NZ$495.00 for one