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Side Trip: Northern Circuit and Round the Mountain Track

Side Trip: Northern Circuit and Round the Mountain Track

I did a beautiful 4 day combination of the Northern circuit, Tongariro crossing and Round the Mountain track in Tongariro National Park on New Zealand's north island. Only the 1 day Tongariro crossing is a section of the Te Araroa trail, but the real highlight of this area for me was Round the mountain. On the Round the Mountain track you circumvent one of New Zealand's most picturesque volcanoes. The landscape was otherworldly. Here are picture highlights from this trek. 

Trip details: roughly 60 kilometers. 

Day 1.Total distance walked 8.5 km [Whakapapa Village to Mangatepopo Hut 3 hr, 8.5 km]

Day 2: Total distance walked 20.3km [Mangatepopo Hut to Emerald Lakes 3 hr 30 min, 8 km/ Emerald Lakes to Oturere Hut 1 hr 30 min, 4.8 km/Oturere Hut to Waihohonu Hut 3 hr, 7.5 km]

Day 3. Total distance walked 12.5 km. [Waihohonu Hut to Rangipo Hut 5 hr]

Day 4. Total distance walked 17.4km. [Rangipo Hut to Mangaehuehu Hut 5 hr 30 min 8.5 km/Mangaehuehu Hut to Ohakune Mountain Road 3 hr 8.9 km]

Camping night 1

Camping night 1

Tongariro crossing
Te Araroa. Richmond Alpine track Days 9-13.

Te Araroa. Richmond Alpine track Days 9-13.

Te Araroa. Pelorus river track Day 7-8

Te Araroa. Pelorus river track Day 7-8