Ep07: Zooming in on Ruapehu

  • 31:27
  • 12 November, 2020
  • 28.8M

We start our travels in Waiouru, home to the riveting and thoughtfully presented National Army Museum. We stop by the Tangiwai Memorial before checking out the Dinosaur House in Raetihi and stay in Ohakune at the Powderhorn Chateau. The Ohakune Old Coach Road cycle track is a smash-hit.

Biking the Ohakune Old Coach Road
Biking the Ohakune Old Coach Road. Photo: Visit Ruapehu

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is destined to be humming this summer. Kiwis will have the novelty of having this celebrated day hike to themselves.  We give you the lowdown on what to plan for in advance. Plus, Mike and Chris discuss a wealth of short and sweet walks across the Ruapehu District.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Sign-Winter
Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Photo: Visit Ruapehu

For over 20 years, Stewart Barclay has operated Adrift Tongariro Guiding. He talks to Mike about the benefits of doing the Alpine Crossing as a guided experience, plus we highlight the array of indelible guided experiences Adrift have on offer this summer, including the Ruapehu Crater Lake Hike.

Stewart Barclay, Adrift Tongariro Guiding
Stewart Barclay, Adrift Tongariro Guiding. Photo: Mike Yardley

– Like a life-long friend, with its warm embrace, the Chateau Tongariro is a beacon of stand-out hospitality. We discuss the sensational summer deals on offer, plus we look at summertime riding the Sky Waka and a romp on the rails with Forgotten World Adventures. www.visitruapehu.com

Sky Waka, Ruapehu
Sky Waka, Ruapehu. Photo: Visit Ruapehu
  • 01:00 Waiouru
  • 08:20 Tongariro crossing
  • 14:10 Talk with Stewart Barclay of Adrift Tongariro Guiding
  • 23:40 Chateau Ngaurruhoe

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