Whanganui

Whanganui

Mangatepopo to National Park - OPEN

Northern Start
Mangatepopo Track turnoff, Tongariro National Park
Southern End
Railway Station, Station Rd, National Park
Distance
30km
Time
1-1.5 days
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Poisons & traps
  • River crossings - Never cross flooded rivers
  • Small stream crossings
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Weather extremes
  • Few water sources - avoid drinking from streams with high mineral content.
Description
(North to South)

Mangatepopo Track - 9km / 3-4hr

200m past the turnoff to the Mangatepopo Hut, turn SW onto the Mangatepopo Track.
For the first hour, the track skirts around Pukekaikiore then continues SW across exposed tussock and shrubland. 
About 20 minutes before reaching the Whakapapa village, the Track joins the lower Taranaki Falls Track.
Follow it in an easterly direction until it ends at Ngauruhoe Place (100m below the Whakapapa Visitor Centre), Whakapapa Village. 

Whakapapaiti Mangahuia Track - 13.5km / 5-6hr

Track traverses forest, wetlands and open tussock lands. Can be boggy in the wet. Track may be rutted.

Leave the Whakapapa Village on Whakapapaiti Track. It starts opposite the Fire Station, just above the Holiday Park & 250m from the Whakapapa Visitor Centre.
Initially, the track undulates for a number of easy climbs and descents through groves of kaikawaka and cabbage trees amongst the beech forest. 
The track then descends through an open tussock-covered area to a bridged river crossing over the Whakapapaiti Stream before coming across a track junction.
Turn right (NW) onto the Mangahuia Track and head to the Mangahuia campsite (2-3hr). There are a few stream crossings on this track, straight-forward in dry weather but tricky when the streams are up - take care and be prepared to wait for levels to drop.

From the Mangahuia campsite, walk 500m north on the vehicle track to join SH47. Turn left (west) and follow the road for 6km to the junction with SH4. Turn right (north) into the National Park Village, then turn left (west) onto Findlay St. It flows into Station Rd. At the very end is National Park Railway Station.

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info
General Information
DOC - Book DOC huts or purchase camping tickets online - www.doc.govt.nz or at a DOC office
DOC Whakapapa Visitor Centre - State Highway 48, Whakapapa Village - P: 07 892 3729 - E: tongarirovc@doc.govt.nz 
Ohakune Visitor Centre Ruapehu i-Site - 54 Clyde Street, Ohakune P: 06 385 8427 - P: ohakunevc@doc.govt.nz - W: www.doc.govt.nz 
 
For those walkers detouring to complete round the mountains or North bound walkers who are bussing and hiking from Whanganui, accommodation is available in Raetihi.
 
Getting there/away
InterCity - P: 09 583 5780 
Naked Bus - P: 0900 62533 (calls cost)
Magic Bus - P: 09 358 5600 - destinations include Taupo, Waitomo Caves, National Park, Wellington
Daily Overlander Rail Service between Auckland and Wellington - Departs Ruapehu St, National Park
 
Transport to trailheads
Daily to Tongariro Alpine Crossing & 42 Traverse Mountain
Howards Lodge BBH - 43 Carroll St - P: 07 892 2827 - E: info@howardslodge.co.nz 
Plateau Shuttles - 17 Carroll St - P: 0800 861 861 freephone - E: shuttle@plateaulodge.co.nz 

Accommodation
DOC's Mangahuia Campsite - 500m off SH 47. Water, toilets and a shelter. Purchase campsite tickets at a Department of Conservation office prior to your walk. Grid reference: NZTM2000, E1813334-N5660336)
Raetihi Holiday Park - 10 Parapara Road, Raetihi - P: 0800 40 88 88 
YHA National Park, 4 Findlay St, National Park - P: 07 8922870 E: nationalpark@yha.co.nz           
Howards Lodge BBH - 43 Carroll St, National Park - P: 07 892 2827 - E: info@howardslodge.co.nz
Ski Haus - Cnr of carroll and Mackenzie Sts, National Park - P: 07 892 2854 - E: skihaus@xtra.co.nz
Backpackers & Tent sites
Plateau Lodge - 17 Carroll St, National Park Village - P: 0800 861 861 freephone or 07 892 2993 - E: info@plateaulodge.co.nz
 
Resupply
National Park Service Centre - 1 Waimarino Tokaanu Rd, National Park - P: 07 892 2879 - E: nosedive@xtra.co.nz
 
Other
Accommodation suppliers can also help with Jet Boat bookings for the Wanganui River.
 

 

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • No litter
  • No dogs
  • No horses
  • No firearms
  • Camp with care
  • No fires
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided
  • Conservation Area - No domestic animals allowed (i.e. includes dogs, cats or birds)
Amenities
(Start)
  • Car park
  • Toilets
  • DOC’s Mangatepopo Hut is 30min or 1.5km from the Mangatepopo Road carpark, just off the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (Topo50 map sheet BH36, E1824389, N5663908).
Amenities
(On Route)
  • Carpark
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Accommodation
  • Whakapapa Village is en route
Amenities
(End)
  • Carpark
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Shop the National Park petrol station has a wide range of goods
  • Phone
  • Serviced Campsite
  • Accommodation - hotel, motels
  • Cafe, pub & restaurant
  • DOC Visitor Information Office
Closest Town(s)
National Park, Taumarunui, Turangi or Ohakune
Managed by
DOC Whakapapa Visitor Centre +7 892-3729
Northern Start
Mangatepopo Track turnoff, Tongariro National Park
Southern End
Railway Station, Station Rd, National Park
Distance
30km
Time
1-1.5 days
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)

Mangatepopo Track - 9km / 3-4hr

200m past the turnoff to the Mangatepopo Hut, turn SW onto the Mangatepopo Track.
For the first hour, the track skirts around Pukekaikiore then continues SW across exposed tussock and shrubland. 
About 20 minutes before reaching the Whakapapa village, the Track joins the lower Taranaki Falls Track.
Follow it in an easterly direction until it ends at Ngauruhoe Place (100m below the Whakapapa Visitor Centre), Whakapapa Village. 

Whakapapaiti Mangahuia Track - 13.5km / 5-6hr

Track traverses forest, wetlands and open tussock lands. Can be boggy in the wet. Track may be rutted.

Leave the Whakapapa Village on Whakapapaiti Track. It starts opposite the Fire Station, just above the Holiday Park & 250m from the Whakapapa Visitor Centre.
Initially, the track undulates for a number of easy climbs and descents through groves of kaikawaka and cabbage trees amongst the beech forest. 
The track then descends through an open tussock-covered area to a bridged river crossing over the Whakapapaiti Stream before coming across a track junction.
Turn right (NW) onto the Mangahuia Track and head to the Mangahuia campsite (2-3hr). There are a few stream crossings on this track, straight-forward in dry weather but tricky when the streams are up - take care and be prepared to wait for levels to drop.

From the Mangahuia campsite, walk 500m north on the vehicle track to join SH47. Turn left (west) and follow the road for 6km to the junction with SH4. Turn right (north) into the National Park Village, then turn left (west) onto Findlay St. It flows into Station Rd. At the very end is National Park Railway Station.

Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Poisons & traps
  • River crossings - Never cross flooded rivers
  • Small stream crossings
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Weather extremes
  • Few water sources - avoid drinking from streams with high mineral content.
Description
(North to South)

Mangatepopo Track - 9km / 3-4hr

200m past the turnoff to the Mangatepopo Hut, turn SW onto the Mangatepopo Track.
For the first hour, the track skirts around Pukekaikiore then continues SW across exposed tussock and shrubland. 
About 20 minutes before reaching the Whakapapa village, the Track joins the lower Taranaki Falls Track.
Follow it in an easterly direction until it ends at Ngauruhoe Place (100m below the Whakapapa Visitor Centre), Whakapapa Village. 

Whakapapaiti Mangahuia Track - 13.5km / 5-6hr

Track traverses forest, wetlands and open tussock lands. Can be boggy in the wet. Track may be rutted.

Leave the Whakapapa Village on Whakapapaiti Track. It starts opposite the Fire Station, just above the Holiday Park & 250m from the Whakapapa Visitor Centre.
Initially, the track undulates for a number of easy climbs and descents through groves of kaikawaka and cabbage trees amongst the beech forest. 
The track then descends through an open tussock-covered area to a bridged river crossing over the Whakapapaiti Stream before coming across a track junction.
Turn right (NW) onto the Mangahuia Track and head to the Mangahuia campsite (2-3hr). There are a few stream crossings on this track, straight-forward in dry weather but tricky when the streams are up - take care and be prepared to wait for levels to drop.

From the Mangahuia campsite, walk 500m north on the vehicle track to join SH47. Turn left (west) and follow the road for 6km to the junction with SH4. Turn right (north) into the National Park Village, then turn left (west) onto Findlay St. It flows into Station Rd. At the very end is National Park Railway Station.

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info
General Information
DOC - Book DOC huts or purchase camping tickets online - www.doc.govt.nz or at a DOC office
DOC Whakapapa Visitor Centre - State Highway 48, Whakapapa Village - P: 07 892 3729 - E: tongarirovc@doc.govt.nz 
Ohakune Visitor Centre Ruapehu i-Site - 54 Clyde Street, Ohakune P: 06 385 8427 - P: ohakunevc@doc.govt.nz - W: www.doc.govt.nz 
 
For those walkers detouring to complete round the mountains or North bound walkers who are bussing and hiking from Whanganui, accommodation is available in Raetihi.
 
Getting there/away
InterCity - P: 09 583 5780 
Naked Bus - P: 0900 62533 (calls cost)
Magic Bus - P: 09 358 5600 - destinations include Taupo, Waitomo Caves, National Park, Wellington
Daily Overlander Rail Service between Auckland and Wellington - Departs Ruapehu St, National Park
 
Transport to trailheads
Daily to Tongariro Alpine Crossing & 42 Traverse Mountain
Howards Lodge BBH - 43 Carroll St - P: 07 892 2827 - E: info@howardslodge.co.nz 
Plateau Shuttles - 17 Carroll St - P: 0800 861 861 freephone - E: shuttle@plateaulodge.co.nz 

Accommodation
DOC's Mangahuia Campsite - 500m off SH 47. Water, toilets and a shelter. Purchase campsite tickets at a Department of Conservation office prior to your walk. Grid reference: NZTM2000, E1813334-N5660336)
Raetihi Holiday Park - 10 Parapara Road, Raetihi - P: 0800 40 88 88 
YHA National Park, 4 Findlay St, National Park - P: 07 8922870 E: nationalpark@yha.co.nz           
Howards Lodge BBH - 43 Carroll St, National Park - P: 07 892 2827 - E: info@howardslodge.co.nz
Ski Haus - Cnr of carroll and Mackenzie Sts, National Park - P: 07 892 2854 - E: skihaus@xtra.co.nz
Backpackers & Tent sites
Plateau Lodge - 17 Carroll St, National Park Village - P: 0800 861 861 freephone or 07 892 2993 - E: info@plateaulodge.co.nz
 
Resupply
National Park Service Centre - 1 Waimarino Tokaanu Rd, National Park - P: 07 892 2879 - E: nosedive@xtra.co.nz
 
Other
Accommodation suppliers can also help with Jet Boat bookings for the Wanganui River.
 

 

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • No litter
  • No dogs
  • No horses
  • No firearms
  • Camp with care
  • No fires
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided
  • Conservation Area - No domestic animals allowed (i.e. includes dogs, cats or birds)
Amenities
(Start)
  • Car park
  • Toilets
  • DOC’s Mangatepopo Hut is 30min or 1.5km from the Mangatepopo Road carpark, just off the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (Topo50 map sheet BH36, E1824389, N5663908).
Amenities
(On Route)
  • Carpark
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Accommodation
  • Whakapapa Village is en route
Amenities
(End)
  • Carpark
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Shop the National Park petrol station has a wide range of goods
  • Phone
  • Serviced Campsite
  • Accommodation - hotel, motels
  • Cafe, pub & restaurant
  • DOC Visitor Information Office
Closest Town(s)
National Park, Taumarunui, Turangi or Ohakune
Managed by
DOC Whakapapa Visitor Centre +7 892-3729