Tramps Walks & Climbs
From easy to challenging, short to long in beautiful surroundings of your choice.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing (42nd Traverse)
Mount Tongariro is the site of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (42nd traverse) being a spectacular journey across a remarkable volcanic landscape. This is a one-day trek that traverses a remarkable volcanic landscape along the slopes of all three mountains. steaming craters, steam vents, emerald-coloured thermal lakes, and old lava flows making the walk an unforgettable experience.
Beginning at Mangatepopo Valley near Whakapapa, the track climbs alongside a stream and around the edges of old lava flows. The age of different lava flows is indicated by the extent to which plants have re-established themselves on the harsh black lava rocks. Near the head of the valley, the Soda Springs are an oasis for the moisture loving yellow buttercups and white foxgloves.
The steep climb from the valley to Mangatepopo Saddle between Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro is rewarded by panoramic views, which on a clear day reach as far as Mount Taranaki.
For the fit and enthusiastic, Mount Ngauruhoe can be climbed as a three-hour return side trip. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing track continues across South Crater to a ridge leading up Red Crater. The smell of sulphur is a reminder that this crater is still active. Red Crater marks the highest point on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. From here a two-hour detour can be made to the summit of Mount Tongariro.
The track then descends to three water-filled explosion craters called the Emerald Lakes. Their brilliant greenish colour is caused by minerals that have leached from the surrounding thermal area. The crossing continues over Central Crater to Blue Lake – an old volcanic vent.
After rounding the flanks of North Crater, the descent continues through tussock slopes to the forest bushline. The cool, green forest is refreshing on the long descent to the end of the journey.
A genuine wonder of the natural world, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is the crown jewel of the Ruapehu region and a must do on anyone’s bucket list.
Ohinetonga Scenic Reserve
The Ohinetonga Scenic Reserve is close to Fernleaf Farmstay and many guests enjoy a walk through the reserve during the day or after dinner. The track winds along tracks and over a boardwalk, through a variety of attractive scenery, past Ohinetonga Lagoon and through beautiful forest.
Especially if you are quiet you can listen to and view native birds including Riroriro (Grey Warbler), Whio (Blue duck), Toutouwai (North Island Robin), Kereru (Wood Pigeon), Miromiro (Tomtit), Piwakawa (Fantail) Koromiko (Bell Bird) and Popokatea (Whitehead).
There are picnic areas and good places to swim by the river. A brochure is available from Fernleaf Farmstay.
Mt Ruapehu & Mt Ngauruhoe
Both Mount Ruapehu and Mt Ngauruhoe offer fine walking, tramping and climbing opportunities.
The Whanganui National Park
The Whanganui National Park is the site of the Whanganui River. the area boasts a variety of family-friendly and adventure activities to suit everyone. You can walk or hike single and multi-day walks, ride back in time on the singularly unique Bridge to Nowhere cycle trail, take a canoe safari down the Whanganui River on NZ ‘Great Walk’ the Whanganui Journey and even jet boat back up again.
There are opportunities for walking, tramping, hiking and climbing throughout the Ruapehu Region. We would be pleased to assist you with information and options to suit.