I made a major error when planning mine and Harry’s travels around NZ in forgetting that the Tour companies running the Tongariro Alpine Crossing would be closed on Christmas Day, so to mine and Harry’s great disappointment we didn’t get to complete this legendary walk. Hindsight is a wonderful thing… However, we were lucky in that our driver stopped off en route to Taupo for this 1 and a half hour walk which is located within the Owhango area of the North Island.
Some of my fondest memories of New Zealand have to be the walks our guide from the Kiwi Experience (HIGHLY recommend) took us on mid journey before reaching each destination. The Ohinetonga track was one of my favourites. Views of Mt Taranaki and Mt Ruapehu, and then further on to the remote Tupapakurua Falls. Had I realised the accessibility of the Falls I’d have taken my wetsuit and I’d have had some snaps of me in the water to show for this walk!
The scenery we witnessed here was exquisite; waterfalls and volcanoes galore.
I was so exhilarated by this walk that I actually ran most of it much to Harry’s great annoyance I’m sure. The walk is roughly 4k but due to the nature of the terrain takes about 2 hours to complete. I’ve recently discovered there is a another walk here called the Tupapakurua Falls trail, an 11k job; one to add to the bucket list for next time I visit this remarkable country.