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RTM - East & North, Manawatu - Wanganui

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RTM - East & NorthExperienced

Submitted by Tim Carpenter

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Manawatu - Wanganui


Back country - remote

Point to Point (one way)


Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands


10:00 (Slow)
7:00 (Moderate)
5:00 (Fast)



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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

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Features of interest

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

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 50%

Moderate Single Track: 50%

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  • Access

    From Ohakune head up to Turoa the ski field. The carpark is at the 12km mark and is on the R) hand side of the road as you are going up

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

    15 km

    17 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    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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