Mt Ngauruhoe (G14)

Mount Ngauruhoe, Tongariro National Park.

GPS: -39.155641 175.633621

Looking up Mt Ngauruhoe from the South Crater plain track.  The easist way up is the left-side ridge, while the fun fast way down is right of the white stripe.

Looking up Mt Ngauruhoe from the South Crater plain track. The easist way up is the left-side ridge, while the fun fast way down is right of the white stripe.

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Over looking the twin Tama Lakes and Mt Ruapehu's jagged crown from the top of Mt Ngauruhoe.

Over looking the twin Tama Lakes and Mt Ruapehu’s jagged crown from the top of Mt Ngauruhoe.

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The view from the top, looking over Red Crater to Blue Lake..and then all of Lake Taupo in the distance.  Wow!

The view from the top, looking over Red Crater to Blue Lake..and then all of Lake Taupo in the distance. Wow!

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The lip of Mt Ngauruhoe's crater.  The crater lip is sheer and dazzling red colored.

The lip of Mt Ngauruhoe’s crater. The crater lip is sheer and dazzling red colored.

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Mt Ngauruhoe crater rim.  Frodo, where's the ring?

Mt Ngauruhoe crater rim. Frodo, where’s the ring?

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2 Responses to “Mt Ngauruhoe (G14)”

  1. Chris Says:

    Arriving at Mangatepopo car park around 8:30, we got one of the last marked bays. By the time we’d got our boots and sunscreen on, there were just a couple of campervan spaces left.

  2. Flores Says:

    DOC doesn’t want people to go up Mt. Ngauruhoe anymore as the peak is considered sacred:
    We only learned upon arrival in the area that during summer there is a restriction in place at Mangatepopo carpark: “From 21 October 2017 to 30 April 2018 parking restrictions (4 hr maximum) are in place at the road-ends – book a shuttle.” (https://www.doc.govt.nz/tongariroalpinecrossing?region=centralnorthisland&park=9cad4a74-ecf8-40bf-8d21-d99ac6be44c4&activity=walking-tramping#activitypanel)

    Obviously this restriction is in place to prevent people from going up the mountain.

    We did the hike anyway: We parked our car close to the beginning of Mangatepopo road and after some walking managed to hitchhike up to the carpark. Rangers at the carpark asked the driver how long we intended to stay and where we intended to go. When mentioning that we all planned to stay longer than 4 hours it still was ok.
    So the rangers at the carpark seemed to be quite relaxed about the whole topic though. But might be best to not mention Mt. Ngauruhoe.
    Hitchhiking also worked for the way back.

    More info also here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/97909833/trampers-told-not-to-climb-tongariro-crossings-mount-doom

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