Tramping and Walks in Tongariro National Park Ohakune

Tramping - Lake Suprise Ohakune

It was an amazing experience to explore the southern side of Mt.Ruapehu

Lake Surprise- Ohakune.Mt Ruapehu  Feb.2011

time: 5 hr return

This track begins on the Ohakune Mountain Road, 15 kilometers past DOC Visitor Centre.

After sidling down across open country from the mountain road the track descends into Mangaturuturu Valley beside a beautiful cascade flowing over smooth bedrock. The creamy coating on the cascade is due to silica and mineral rich water from an alpine spring. Waterfalls and bluffs complement the backdrop of Mount Ruapehu. The Mangaturuturu River is forded shortly after passing the Mangaturuturu Hut, 1 hour 30 minutes from the road. Evidence of the 1975 lahar (volcanic mudflow) can be seen here in the scoured treeless river banks. Lake Surprise, a broad, shallow lake set amongst beech forest and tussock, is reached after a steady climb from the river valley.

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About Ohakune Accommodation - OhakuneCourt Motel

Ohakune is ideally situated between the Tongariro and Whanganui River National Parks and lies at the foot of Mt Ruapehu - well known for winter skiing on the Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields. However during the summer and autumn months the mountain and the National Parks become a paradise for hikers - mountain bikers - fisherman - and those who wish to canoe the famous Whanganui River. The area also has 3 fine 18 hole golf course and is only an hours drive from Lake Taupo with arguably the best trout fishing in New Zealand.
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