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Ruapehu & Tongariro Tramp (3) November 1993

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This Tongariro Crossing is described as "the best one day tramp in New Zealand". I would have to agree, but add "for the reasonably fit and well provisioned", as it could be a disaster if the weather went bad and trampers were exhausted.


KD12: Heading up to Ketetahi

KD19: Looking back to Rotoaira and Taupo (in distance)

KD20: A brief walk up the snow

KD21-22: Central Crater comes into view (composite)

KD24-25: Blue Lake (composite)

KD32-33: Looking back to Blue & Emerald Lakes (composite)

KE03A: Red Crater feature

KE05A: Blue Lake & Taupo

KE07A: Mt Ngauruhoe

The track descends to the barren South Crater, then drops steeply into the Mangatepopo Valley, with an easy walk to the hut and the road end where we were met by Ross. We were spared the reportly muddy and eroded Mangatepopo Track back to Whakapapa.

KE14A-13A: South Crater (composite)

KE19A: Upper Mangatepopo Stream

KE21A: Mangatepopo Valley

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