Time  2 hours 53 minutes

Coordinates 1240

Uploaded March 21, 2017

Recorded March 2017

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8.37 mi

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near Whakapapa Village, Manawatu-Wanganui (New Zealand)

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Route from the 2WD car park located on the Tukino Skifield access road, until you reach Tukino Skifield, at the end of the road, going through the intersection with the Round the Mountain Track and the Desert Alpine Club refuges , Aorangi Ski Club, and Tukino Alpine Sports Club at the outset, and undoing the same way on the way back.
The access road to Tukino Skifield is taken from Desert Road, which is part of State Highway 1, and connects Turangi with Waiouru. We need to be alert because there are no clear indications to access the road. Once the access is found, a sign warns that the road is suitable for cars with two-wheel drive (2WD) to a certain point on the road, and then it is advisable to park it in the parking lot; If you have a car with four-wheel drive (4WD), on the other hand, you can reach the Tukino Skifield. In any case, the posters warn that it is forbidden to depart from the road and that the road marked must be followed at all times. Despite having a 4WD car, it has been decided to leave the car in the parking lot, so that this point is the beginning of this route.
Once the car is parked on an esplanade that makes parking, the route begins in the direction of Tukino Skifield. Bearing in mind that 4WD cars pass through this road, the road has no difficulty in walking. It starts when the sun has not yet done an act of presence, but the first daylight has already lit the sky and illuminates the environment, including the Ruapehu volcano. Just a short time later, still without seeing it, the sun begins to illuminate the top of the Ruapehu, and the spectacle is incredible: at a certain moment, the summit seems incandescent. Finally, the sun pulls the head over the mountains opposite to the Ruapehu and begins the day. The route is quite placid and the ascent is constant, and on both sides of the path you can still see some white flowers. Apart from the Ruapehu, the views of the Ngauruhoe volcano surrounded by clouds at the base are also quite curious. Just over two kilometers after starting the route you will find a path that crosses it; This is part of the Round the Mountain Track, a route over sixty kilometers that goes round the Ruapehu volcano. Ignoring it, and almost immediately afterwards, there is a closed door that prevents the road from continuing in the case of a car; Although the poster says that from here a 4WD car is needed "off-road", the fact is that the door is locked with a padlock and a key is needed to open it. However, taking into account the conditions of the road, especially as it progresses, it is highly recommended to park the car in the parking lot (where it has been left in this case), unless it is available a good all-terrain. Surpassing the fence, then, that there is no problem if you go on foot, you continue along the route getting views closer to the Ruapehu. Finally, you reach the end of the road, where there are three different refuges: the Desert Alpine Club, the Aorangi Ski Club and the Tukino Alpine Sports Club, located very close to each other. In this point, the strategic point that the area supposes is when the ground is snowy, which is why Tukino Skifield was created. At this time of year, however, the most normal is to see only some waterfalls formed by snow that are still fading into higher heights. This area is also known for appearing in the Lord of the Rings movie, exactly in the scene where the Portes de Mordor is seen.
After enjoying the views of the Ruapehu right on your lap, you turn tail and start the return journey along the same path as you go. From Tukino Skifield, and now faced upside down, you can see magnificent views of the vast eastern region of the Tongariro National Park.
It is a route that does not present any complication apart from the distance and the unevenness, considering that it follows the road that also uses the 4WD cars to reach the ski resort. The views, despite being beautiful, are not as spectacular as others in the same National Park, but the route has the advantage that it is not so crowded. It does not present shadows, so it is necessary to protect itself from the sun and be well stocked with water.
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Vista del Mount Ruapehu amb la primera llum del dia

Vista del Mount Ruapehu amb la primera llum del dia
Parking

Aparcament per a cotxes 2WD (tracció a 2 rodes)

Aparcament per a cotxes 2WD (tracció a 2 rodes)
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Vista del Mount Ruapehu amb el cim il·luminat

Vista del Mount Ruapehu amb el cim il·luminat
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Vista del Mount Ruapehu amb el cim incandescent

Vista del Mount Ruapehu amb el cim incandescent
Photo

Flors blanques

Flors blanques
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Sortida del sol d'entre les muntanyes

Sortida del sol d'entre les muntanyes
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Vista del volcà Ngauruhoe envoltat de núvols

Vista del volcà Ngauruhoe envoltat de núvols
Intersection

Intersecció amb la Round the Mountain Track

Intersecció amb la Round the Mountain Track
Door

Porta tancada amb cadenat

Porta tancada amb cadenat
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Vista des de mig camí

Vista des de mig camí
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Vista més propera del volcà Ruapehu

Vista més propera del volcà Ruapehu
Refuge

Desert Alpine Club

Desert Alpine Club
Refuge

Aorangi Ski Club

Aorangi Ski Club
Refuge

Tukino Alpine Sports Club

Tukino Alpine Sports Club
Waterfall

Cascades al Tukino Skifield

Cascades al Tukino Skifield
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Vistes des del Tukino Skifield

Vistes des del Tukino Skifield
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Vistes de la part est del Tongariro National Park

Vistes de la part est del Tongariro National Park
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Vistes dels volcans Ngauruhoe i Ruapehu

Vistes dels volcans Ngauruhoe i Ruapehu

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