We never knew about Tongariro National Park, how the 8-hour Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike is a must-do or how you’d have a drop-dead view of mountains/ volcanoes while hiking, until we were into our fifth day of our road trip.
After hearing about the amazing views and being able to walk in between volcanoes, we dedicated spending a few days in Taumarunui. An intended 3D2N ended up becoming a 4D3N.
Our Airbnb host had so much information about the National Park and even had a folder which was really useful to us. (We later found out she works at one of the cafés on Mt. Ruapehu, which explains her knowledge)
28 October 2015, Wednesday
Walking through a beech forest and being able to see snow-capped mountains is exactly how I like to spend my time.
Headed back to Whakapapa Village (where the Visitor Center’s located), rested a bit and drove off to find the start to the Silica Rapids Walk.
We found one of the starting points to be in the middle of nowhere with no proper place to park the car so we scrapped the plan and drove around to explore instead.
Glad we did that instead cause we drove up to Mount Ruapehu, a popular skiing/ snowboarding spot, and managed to see snow up close!
Picked up a couple of hitchhikers along the way and helped them out cause I know I’d never want to be stranded in the middle of nowhere and have no one help me out.
Next up: Tongariro (again) + National Trout Center!
Read more about my previous adventures in New Zealand here:
- Rock Sliding in Gisborne
- Tolaga Bay Wharf (NZ’s Longest Wharf)
- First Sunrise of the World
- Downtime in Whakatane
- Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
- Touristing Around in Taupo
- Black Water Rafting in Waitomo
- Exploring Auckland