Rangipo Desert Experience

Rangipo Desert Experience.

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.

Which situation describes you best?

  • There are two or more of us and we would be happy to hike with other people.  Join-a-Group NZ$220.00 per person for a full day hike.  Groups do not get larger than 8 Clients per Guide.
  • There are two or more of us and we would like a guided trip just for us, with no-one else joining us.  A Private Guided trip is $345.00 per person for two or more people on a full day hike.
  • I am traveling alone and I would like to join others for the hike.  If there are others already booked for the date that you have chosen, it will be a Join-a-Group price of NZ$220.00 for a full day hike.  If no-one has booked for the date that 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 for a full day hike, which will reduce to NZ$220.00,   if someone else books in on your trip.
  • I am traveling alone and I would like to book a Private Guided trip just for me at NZ$495.00, so that I can guarantee there will only be my Guide and I.





  • Boots
  • Clothing and Equipment
  • Lunch and Snacks included
  • Turangi transfers
  • National Park Village transfers
  • Whakapapa Village transfers

Rangipo Desert Experience Photo Gallery