Ketetahi Carpark Time TrialBeginner
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Native bushOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/topsVolcanic
Always check, if there is any danger of volcanic activity then stay off the mountain. This run takes you near two active vents.
Very straightforward.... follow the trail for up to two hours upwards, then turn around and head back. Allowing that it will take less time to get down you should be under the 4 hours. On the way back when you are near the bottom there is one very small track off to the left which would be easy to ignore... don't ignore it... it is short and leads to a lovely wee waterfall and is worth the effort.
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Features of interest
Lovely waterfall, great views, phenomenal environment... just a great place to be!
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 5%
Moderate Single Track: 70%
Easy Single Track: 25%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
Pretty easy to find, the Ketetahi end of the world famous Tongariro Crossing. Put Tongariro Alpine Crossing into your GPS and you should be right... otherwise find Lake Rotoaira Road and drive until you see the very obvious signage.
Here's the thing... from Labour Weekend through to the end of April there is a 4 hour parking restriction at both ends of the trail. This run is designed to be finished comfortably under that time for even the slowest runners, so you can park in the main carpark where there are toilets and secure parking.
Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.
The water that is available is largely undrinkable.
Snow and ice in winter
Check the volcanic reports, there are always pretty comprehensive reports available for the Crossing.
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