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Half Day Guided Volcanic Explorer

Enjoy a half day walk (4 hours walking time) on one of the selected tracks on Mt Ruapehu. These walks could include Lake Rotopounamu, Taranaki Falls, Silica Rapids, Soda Springs, Pukeonake, Whakapapanui River, Tawhai falls, Meads Wall. These tracks have native bush, river, alpine and volcanic highlights which the guides will enhance with their local knowledge of geology, volcanology, and New Zealand cultural history.

This experience is ideally suited for clients who would like to experience the volcanic terrain but are not keen on the more strenuous full day treks or have limited time.

Enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Tongariro National Park with this half day tour. When possible, they will start on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track and head up to Soda Springs before returning to the start. At Soda Springs they have the option to upgrade to the full day walk and join in with the full day guided party to complete the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (charges would apply).

If the Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk is not suitable on the day, we have a menu of smaller walks to enjoy. The guide will talk and show you all things relevant to Tongariro and New Zealand including recent and past eruptions, geology, flora and fauna discovery and settlement of NZ.

These are the most popular Tongariro sites they choose from and include in the 4 hours: Lake Rotopounamu, Taranaki Falls, Silica Rapids, Soda Springs, Pukeonake, Whakapapanui River, Tawhai falls, Meads Wall. Your guide will talk and show you all things relevant to Tongariro and New Zealand including recent and past eruptions, flora and fauna discovery, settlement of myths and legends.

What to bring: Water, outdoor shoes with grip, long walking pants, 2 x warm tops and a raincoat.

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