Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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RTM - East & North

Ohakune, Manawatu - Wanganui

Submitted by Tim Carpenter

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 87 ?

Gnarl Factor: 61 ?








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Type of Run

Back country - remote

Point to Point (one way)


Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands


Run Makeup


Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +6.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -7.3%


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Estimated Times to Run







Starting from the carpark, follow the track, which will take you past the waterfall.
Cross the river and follow the trail around the mountain.
The track is well marked, and there are numerous bridges and board walks to run.
Mangaheuheu hut takes around 1 hour.
Leave the hut and you will be entering the volcanic desert area. This can be very hot, cold, dry, windy and there is no natural protection.
The track takes you up and down numerous ridges and valleys, past Rangipo Hut, before crossing the Tukino Access Road.
You can also start at Tukino Access Road, the distance to Whakapapa is around 25km.
Continue to the follow the trail and you will pass Waihohonu Hut ( which is pretty flash).
You are then into the grind for the next 10km, gradual up hill along the trail, nice views of Ngarahoe and The Pinnacles, heading for the distant ridge.
Once you reach the ridges there are 2-3 more to negotiate, and then you will be on the Taranaki Falls track to finish at the Whakapapa Village

You will see some desolate volcanic areas that look like they belong on the moon, and pass a Lahar Zone

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There are numerous shuttle companies who will drop you off for a fee.
Ensure that your car is secured.

15 km

17 minutes




Follow the trail and markings.

Very patchy.

Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions), Gaiters

Available at the huts. There are 3 huts on the trip.

Weather is changeable can be very cold at any time of the year, high likelihood of snow in the winter

There is a Lahar Zone, heed the signs and keep moving.

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Trail Reviews

Incredible!! Such a vast array of scenery, changing landscapes and constantly differing underfoot! We did the full RTM over three days, taking our time and enjoying every second! Breathtaking and challenging!

Lauren Mai Anderson

June 20, 2020

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