Round The Mountain (Ruapehu) - Stage 3

This is an excellent day trip in good weather, or can be conveniently split into an overnight trip with a stopover at Mangaturuturu Hut. I walked from south to north, began at 8:00 am from Ohakune Mountain Road, had lunch in the Whakapapaiti Valley before walking out to Bruce Road and down to the Chateau for an afternoon coffee. The track is in excellent condition and the views are awesome. The track is mostly above the bushline, crossing mixed scubland with small trees and tussock, and crossing three major river valleys: Mangaturuturu, Makatote, and Whakapapaiti.

Contains data sourced from Land Information New Zealand and Landcare Research under CC-By.
Latitudes and longitudes use the WGS84 datum.
Elevation range 1,221m – 1,532m Total ascent 1,244m
Recorded distance 16.2km Total descent 1,214m
Points 2,085 Average grade 15%
Start -39.309408, 175.5168081,425m
End -39.230700, 175.5416821,456m


Latitudes and longitudes use the WGS84 datum.
Approaching Maungaturuturu Hut, 23-DEC-09 4:00:26AM -39.297602 175.505940
Bruce Road, 23-DEC-09 7:26:06AM -39.230731 175.541747
Cascade waterfall, 23-DEC-09 3:29:32AM -39.298080 175.517977
Lake Surprise, 23-DEC-09 4:17:14AM -39.291661 175.501295
Makatote River Headwaters, 23-DEC-09 5:03:39AM -39.272115 175.502489
Maungaturuturu Valley, 23-DEC-09 3:23:52AM -39.299996 175.520105
Mountain Tarn, 23-DEC-09 5:35:22AM -39.256646 175.500449
Ohakune Mountain Road, 23-DEC-09 3:09:10AM -39.309285 175.516780
Whakapapaiti Valley, 23-DEC-09 6:08:03AM -39.249006 175.516992



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Added 16 February 2010 by Roderick. 7 revisions, most recently 28 February 2010 by RoderickRoderick.
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