Nivi's Adventures

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Tongariro Crossing

So having never done the Tongariro Crossing, which has been described as NZ's greatest 1 day walk, I decided that I should really try and do it before I departed for the rest of my OE again. The decision was made a lot easier as Craig was keen to do it as well (he's done it heaps of times and was offering to carry any gear I had as he's in training for the Pacific Crest Trail). Anyway we and some more friends Quizzy and Robyn headed down to the Central North Island to give this world famous track a go.

It was sadly not the best weather for it, but we at least completed it. (In 1996 on school camp, we started the crossing and got to the top of the Devil's Staircase, only to have to turn back due to the poor weather). Below are pics from the day.

The track map, courtesy of the Department of Conservation. We started at the Mangatepopo carpark and finished at Ketetahi Road End


D'you believe me when I say that the visibility was poor!

This was a brief moment when the cloud cleared and we had a perfect view of Mt Ngauruhoe

I promise you there's a lake behind the cloud

Ah there it is!

Quizzy, Robyn, Me & Craig posing on the shore of the Blue Lake

OK just to give you an idea of how fabulous it would look in nice weather. A photo of the Emerald Lakes from

It was REALLY windy along the ridge!

Pretty views heading down the other side, with nicer weather too!

Try and spot Craig in this photo...

A digger! Not really what you expect to see when you're on a nature walk! (It looked like they were making a new track)

Just call me Strider!

So although not the best weather the Tongariro Crossing can be done in, most of the 17km track was still fun (not the steep bits though). Will definitely be doing it again, but only in sunny weather next time!


  • I think we had average weather on that trip. The group that did it in July were stomping in ice a fair bit of the way, mildly hyothermic I hear, and this weekend it was sunny every step of the way.
    The trouble with that mountain is it makes its own weather, like we saw it is often drizzly on one side and fine on the other.

    Northern Circuit next?

    By Blogger Craig, at 3:51 PM  

  • You obviously went the wrong weekend - it looked like the promotional pictures on the weekend just past! Still that meant loads of people and very hot work, so perhaps there's a trade-off :-)

    By Blogger Rachael, at 1:37 PM  

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