Tongariro National Park: Walking in a Winter Wonderland!     ( 19 February, 2019 )

Posted by Cathy Taylor on 7 September 2013

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There’s a brilliant German saying “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” I was reminded of such recently on a weekend away in the Tongariro National Park.

 Only a hop-skip-and-jump from our BOP coastal home, but worlds away in terms of landscape and conditions! The Tongariro alpine area is a vision in mid-winter, cloaked in heavy layers of snow and swathed in wisps of moody grey cloud. Whilst the majority of winter visitors are there to ski and snowboard – us hardy hikers can have a sneaky wee laugh as we saunter off down the many hiking trails, blissfully deserted by the fair-weather tourist crowds!

You simply cannot leave the Tongariro National Park without walking the Taranaki Falls Track. The track is a hikers dream - an easy loop, with the falls situated about half way! The thundering blanket of water tumbles about 20 metres off the edge of an ancient lava flow, created 15,000 years ago in one of Mt. Ruapehus eruptions. Here’s a tip - get your camera ready as you descend from the waterfall, you will definitely want to capture the deep, sheer gauntlet-style gorges carved out of the bedrock by the Wairere Stream!

Un-encumbered by shuttle service timetables, we made it back to the Chateau just before après-ski hour and secured the best spot in front of the fireplace to swill our warming whiskey and read the paper!


Walking Legends offers multi-day guided walks in the Tongariro National Park.

Tongariro Northern Circuit – 3 days, hut-to-hut, $890 per person.

The Tongariro Hiking Tour – 3.5 days, lodge-based, $1450 per person

And if you’re short on time, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Day Walk!

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