Te Araroa Trail Day 51. Junction with Oio rd 1220.7kms – Whakahoro (Whanganui river) 1245.5kms

Te Araroa Trail Day 51 - Towards Whakahoro

Te Araroa Trail towards Whakahoro

We woke up early to a foggy day, packed up our little camp by the memorial and were on the road by 6.25am. Today was soley gravel/road walking and we smashed out 26kms and arrived at Whakahoro by 11.30am.

There was nothing particularly of note along the way except some nice fields, and lots of sheep and cows. There was a minor rock fall in front of us from the cliff to the side of the road which was momentarily scary, and I discovered that I...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 50. National Park 1193kms – Upper Retaruke rd junction with Oio rd 1220.7kms

Te Araroa Trail Fishers Track

Te Araroa Trail - Fishers Track

We enjoyed a leisurely morning today. Our little group left National Park at 7.30am and headed off down Fishers track. The track is a part of a network of mountain bike tracks which make up the Mountain to Sea Cycle Trail. These go from Ohakune and National Park via tracks, rural roads and/or the Whanganui river to Whanganui.

The whole day was a delight! Mostly because it was cloudy in the morning and the track was nearly all downhill from an...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 49. Tongariro Crossing 1146.6kms – 1164.3kms

Te Araroa Trail Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Te Araroa Trail over the Tongariro Crossing

A perfectly clear sky greeted us as we caught the 6am bus outside the YHA National Park. We got to the Mangatepopo car park around 6.30 and began the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. As I mentioned yesterday, this was my 3rd time up this year, but each time I start I get butterflies.. It's such a special place.

Because we were early in the day and early in the season, we didn't start with 2,000 other people, but more like 50 - which is...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 48. Waione-Cokers track 1134.3kms – National Park 1193kms

Te Araroa Trail Day 48 - The mountains after the storms

Te Araroa Trail to National Park

We made a bit of a trail deviation to National Park today due to the weather and accommodation options.

It was going to pour down with rain today. The Mangatepopo DOC hut was fully booked, and no-one fancied walking a 27km day over the Tongariro crossing (with an elevation of 1500m) then to Whakapapa, with a 14kg pack in the rain.

Instead we hitched to National Park. Thanks to local guy TJ for being our latest trail angel.

We checked...

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