Tongariro Northern Circuit Day 4

February 13th, 2014 at 5:02 pm by David Farrar

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Sunday was the final day. The day started off cloudy with a few showers but the jackets didn’t stay on for long.

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A lot of walking through scrub for the first few kms. As my leg was somewhat grazed, this resulted in a small amount of pain as you get through the scrub.

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The path varies from a well formed track to open plains.

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Then the sun came out and we got a rainbow which followed us along for a couple of hours.

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With the sun out, lots of nice walking over the plains.

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Ruapehu looming in the background.

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Then a quick detour to the lower Tama lake. A lot of people do a day walk in, just to see the lake.

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Slightly more hilly towards the end, but nothing difficult.

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Another quick detour to see the Taranaki Falls. At this stage less than an hour to go.

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A view from the top of the falls.

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A rabbit that was crossed our path.

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The final km or so was a nice bush walk.

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And around 15 kms later, we’re out. We had quite a good pace for the final day, and took only around three and a half hours. Lunch at the Chateau Tongariro Cafe followed, and then a long drive home. As we got stuck in traffic for around 90 minutes at Otaki and Waikanae, I cursed all those opposing the Northern Corridor expansion.

A very enjoyable four day tramp. Very different to the Heaphy. Only around half as long, but much more rugged and hilly. The volcanic plateaus are quite spectacular, and it is was a great way to spend the long Waitangi weekend.

The plan is to pop back next summer and try to do some or all of the other peaks.

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6 Responses to “Tongariro Northern Circuit Day 4”

  1. Longknives (4,753 comments) says:

    Looks like a great walk!

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  2. RF (1,399 comments) says:

    Very impressed with your articles. You sound as if you really enjoyed yourselves.

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  3. lolitasbrother (698 comments) says:

    and I say it again Farrar prodigy

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  4. wreck1080 (3,918 comments) says:

    and hopefully delicious rabbit stew to finish off a good trip

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  5. Sam Buchanan (501 comments) says:

    There’s a nice partially off-track route from Waihohonu along the ridge towards Ngauruhoe, the dropping down to Upper Tama Lake if you want to see a bit more of the area.

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  6. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jmZE4XFkKM&list=PLtKMfPcyXH8KMP6p2E3L3BH5tGstuvbRP&feature=share

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