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Into the Wilderness, Tongariro National Park

You MUST obtain approval from the leader before booking this trip. They'll give you the trip code - without the correct code your booking will be rejected.

Be sure you know everything you need to know before booking this trip - the booking process, the gear you need, departure point, emergencies, tramp grading description. See the Multiday Tramp info page.

Only ATC members can book a trip up to 3 weeks before a trip commences. After that time, non-member bookings may be accepted.

Thursday 07 December 2023

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There’s a designated wilderness area in Tongariro National Park that hardly anyone knows about or goes to, and it’s stunning! It’s called Te Tatau Pounamu and we’re going there.

We’ll take an extra day to give plenty of time to get in there and explore. Expect awesome mountain views, great camping, excellent off-track tramping, barren landscapes, and no crowds.

Easy 

Friday from Whakapapa take the track to Taranaki Falls, then head up the Wairere Stream to camp, probably near the forks at 225555. 4 hrs, afternoon at leisure.

Saturday take a day pack and check out the gull colony in the crater NW of Saddle Cone, then head to Saddle Cone and climb above it to the ridge and follow this up to approx. 1880m for panoramic views. Descend the ridge on the TR of Wairere Stream back to camp.

Sunday climb to the ridge running down from .1476 and follow this down and over .1315 to pick up Ridge Track taking you down to Whakapapa Village. 3 hrs.

Booking Details available from Monday 6th November at 7pm at this website link

Medium 

Friday from Whakapapa take the track to Tama Lakes, cross between the two lakes and follow the ridgeline and ground trail to .1562 (and optionally then up to Tama), drop into the valley beyond and head down valley to camp at Waihouhounu Springs. 5.5 hrs.

Saturday head down and across the valley, climb to the track and continue to Oturere Hut. Cross Oturere Stream above the waterfall, head up to the saddle between .1767 and .1673 and descend to the 18m waterfall. Skirt this on the true left and sidle around to the upper true right fork of Mangahouhounui Stream, then head north to camp in the upper Mangahouhounui basin. 6.5 hrs.

Sunday climb to Te Mari and Rotopaunga, descend to Blue Lake and take the Tongariro Crossing track down to the Ketetahi road end. 5 hrs.

Booking Details available from Monday 6th November at 7pm at this website link

Medium Fit 

Friday from Mangatepopo take the Tongariro Crossing to Blue Lake. Sidle and climb to Rotopaunga and continue to Te Mari, descend to the upper Mangahouhounui basin to camp, 6-7 hrs.

Saturday head across to the upper true right fork of Mangahouhounui Stream and sidle around to the 18m waterfall. Head up the valley to the saddle between .1767 and .1673 and descend to Oturere Hut. Take the track towards Waihohonu then head to Waihohonu Springs to camp. 6 hrs.

Sunday exit at Whakapapa by one of 3 routes: climb to the head of the valley then .1650 and descend the ridge to the Tama Lakes track; climb to the saddle between Tama and .1562, follow the ridge and ground trail off .1562, cross between the lakes and pick up the Tama Lakes track; climb to Tama and follow the ridge all the way down to the valley and Waihohonu Stream, cross and pick up the track back to Whakapapa. 5-6 hrs.

Booking Details available from Monday 6th November at 7pm at this website link

Fit 

Friday from Mangatepopo, climb Hardmans Ridge and sidle up to North Crater, cross the crater and descend to Blue Lake. Sidle and climb to Rotopaunga and continue to Te Mari, descend to the upper Mangahouhounui basin to camp, 8 hrs.

Saturday climb to the ridge above Blue Lake and follow this to Oturere Hut. Take the track towards Waihohonu then cross country to camp in the bush edge E of the lower Tama ridge, 8-9 hrs.

Sunday exit to Whakapapa via the Saddle Cone route, 6 hrs.

Booking Details available from Monday 6th November at 7pm at this website link

Transport: Club bus

Drivers: Simon Rainger & Keith Ayton

Transport and Accommodation Cost: Mangahuia Campsite @ $15pp is booked & prepaid) $108 members, $131 non-members

Destination: Mangahuia campsite

Departure: Thursday 7.00pm, Club Garage, 31 Sandringham Road

NO DINNER BREAK EN ROUTE

Note: All groups are camping so tents are required.