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Loved every minutes- beautiful views along the way. Highly suggest going early in the morning before it gets too busy. The lava caves are a must see!

2 days ago

good place to visit

3 days ago

Did this track in Feb 2016 and bloody loved it. I choose to do it in three days but in hindsight would next time take the four days.

when it says this track is used heavily it sure is popular which makes booking essential but the beauty is you are on it with 40 or less people at a time.

I walked solo and had no-one near me through the day, but if you want company you can easily have it.

I based in TE Anau and drove up into MIlford sound two days before to have a good look around. Glad I did as I got in on the last day and it was getting dark.

This walk is beautiful and so is getting to and out of it. You won't ever regret it.

The track is safe and easy so you can Definatly do it solo and don't need to be guided.

The huts are second to none and are equipped with bed mats, gas for cooking, heating and water for washing up.

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I have to confessed, we decide to do this hike because of "mount doom" and after completing it we were amazed with EVERYTHING. we did it around January 4-7, cant recall the exact day by now :/

We took a shuttle from our RV campground to Mangatepopo car park; and the same service pick us up at Ketetahi car park. (I think we used this one https://nationalparkshuttles.rezdy.com/190355/tongariro-alpine-crossing-return-transport-from-national-park-village-to-the-mangatepopo-car-park )
At the start it was misty and light rain, by the time we hit the real steep part it was foggy; we stay around 1h in the highest point, and when going down it was sunny.
Our shuttle pick us up around 9am, and we got the last shuttle back at 6pm. Took around 1h on the top and took a LOT of picture. we (I) are also slow pace hikers.

Is suppose to be very crowded, dunno if it was because there was storm in the area the day before (we had to re-schedule our trip to the area and stay in Taupo an extra day) but it never felt crowded.

Advice: Make sure you have rain jacket, do layers (I was wearing 1 t-shirt, 1 swearer, raining jacket; 1 legging and one water proof pant on top >> end up with leggings and t-shirt; swearer on and off)
We took 2L water each, but it was not as hot/humid so we consume less water than on previous hikes.
Good boots
DONT forget your camera :D

Enjoy

its easy and comfy walk.down to trainline walk that is my favorite

I have run up to the top of the Rapaki track several times. Good view looking from the top

Good track to run up but narrow and had to take care running up

pretty lake trail

hiking
7 days ago

Do you love stairs? Great views. Lots of stairs. Picnic table at the lookout. Last 200 steps were snow covered so a good walking stick will serve you well in June.

Great views! Steep climb initially and can be a bit muddy when wet but definitely worth the effort!

trail running
12 days ago

good trail to run

hiking
12 days ago

Very picturesque track around uniquely shaped lake. Some very friendly ducks at the picnic area.

Lovely track, great views, interesting limestone formations. The side track (not sign posted) to a rocky outcrop is a must! Unfortunately mostly in shade in winter.

hiking
13 days ago

Easy walk with amazing views along the way. 3 bridge crossings.

hiking
18 days ago

Very remote and diverse!

definitely a lovely view

Can you please update this app store please

on Jenkins Hill Track

21 days ago

Hi. can you update this app store please

Great walk. Great track. Gorgeous views. Very much recommended.

Beautiful view, muddy, slippery and steep for the last 20 minutes!

hiking
23 days ago

February 2018

February 2018

Cave stream is a water based cave walk. There are some waterfalls that can be difficult to climb if you’re alone. Stay safe and check for recent rain to ensure water levels aren’t too high/currents aren’t too strong.

It takes approximately an hour of wading through water. Usually the deepest point is ~1.3m, most of the cave is only 0.5m deep though.

walking
28 days ago

Easy and accessible walk with stunning views.

Great steep walk, but absolutely worth it

hiking
28 days ago

Steep but really good it seems like longer but it’s not to longs just a lot of uphill walking

hiking
28 days ago

So good nice and easy and very scenic

This trail is currently (26.05.2018) closed to prevent the spread of kauri die-back disease. Conservationist said it will reopen in summer...

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