Tongariro National Park Journals

Tongariro Crossing

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A November 2003 trip to Tongariro National Park by Globe

Red Crater Photo, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: Tongariro National Park was the first designated national park in New Zealand. A number of well-known hiking trails wind through this park, including the popular Tongariro Crossing, which will be described in this journal.

Tongariro Crossing

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Overview

Red Crater Photo, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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Tongariro Crossing is the name of a famous one-day walk in Tongariro National Park. While much of New Zealand is known for its beautiful scenery, the landscape in the park was the most magnificent that I have seen so far in this country. This walk gives you close-up views of three volcanoes, one of which erupted as recently as 1995 and could blow again anytime. Due to that and other eruptions, the land in this area is partly barren, or grows only certain types of grasses. I overheard many hikers comparing the view to what one might expect to see on the moon. In spite of the lack of vegetation, however, the ground is far from boring. Volcanic rocks and ash form much of the trail, and the colors v...Read More

Turangi Cabins and Holiday Park

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Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:This campground is about 55 kilometers from the start of the Tongariro Crossing in Tongariro National Park, and thus is popular with hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Lake Taupo is also nearby, with a number of water sport possibilities, adventure activities like bungee jumping, and shorter walks.Best Things About the Resort:The campground has very friendly owners who will help you with any question or request. The facilities are also good, especially since the prices are so reasonable.Resort Experience:Turangi Holiday Park is a lovely campground in the central part of the North Island. Most of the property is filled with tiny two- and four-pe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 30, 2003

Turangi Cabins and Holiday Park
Ohuanga Road
Tongariro Mountain, New Zealand
(7) 386-8754

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Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant is a good place to get a filling meal after losing all your energy on the Tongariro Crossing. The restaurant has an extensive menu of Chinese dishes, with a few Malaysian specialties as well. Meals are divided into the categories of different meats, with similar sauces used throughout the categories. For the reasonable prices, the portions are quite large. This restaurant is an example of the New Zealand BYO approach to dining. The restaurant does not serve alcohol, but if you want to bring your own bottle of wine, you are welcome to do so. However, the restaurant will charge one dollar per drinker.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 30, 2003

Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant
Ohuanga Road
Tongariro Mountain, New Zealand

Brew Haus

Attraction

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The Brew Haus is not exactly a nightclub or disco, but may be the best bet for nightlife in Turangi. There is a brewery on site that makes tasty pale, dark, and malt beer. The bar is located within a holiday park/hostel, so it is a popular spot for fellow travelers. You can relax on the couches or at a table, or if you have some energy left after the hike, you can play a game of pool or air hockey. A restaurant is located within the same building, but the bar serves lighter snacks like nachos and fish and chips. The atmosphere is friendly and lively, and is a good place to finish your day.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 1, 2003

Brew Haus
Ohuanga Road
Tongariro Mountain, New Zealand

Mt. Ngauruhoe Photo, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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Tongariro National Park offers a number of walks, ranging from the four-day Northern Circuit to many quick jaunts. Probably the most popular, though, is the one-day Tongariro Crossing. The crowds may be daunting to those expecting a lonely trail, but you can just think that all those other people are sharing the amazing scenery with you. In this entry, I´ll give a short explanation of what you will see on the Tongariro Crossing. The trail is about 11 miles. The beginning and end are at relatively low altitudes, with a high peak in the middle. Almost everyone begins at the Mangatepopo Car Park and finishes at the Ketetahi Car Park. You can go the other way, but you will have to do a bit more climbin...Read More