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Kings Birthday Weekend, Tongariro National Park

  • 31 May 2024
  • 6:00 PM
  • 4 Jun 2024
  • 6:30 PM
  • Como St, Takapuna
  • 3


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:





31 May (Friday). 

6pm Depart Como Street, Takapuna

10:30 pm Arrive Forest & Bird Lodge, Whakapapa Village. Members of Home Party stay in the Lodge, others sleep on the bus. (Option to sleep in Lodge -subject to availability) 

4 June (Tuesday). 

12 to 2 pm:   Departure from Tongariro area

6 pm. Arrive Auckland (Como St)


Accommodation – Forest & Bird Lodge, Whakapapa Village (arrive 31 May, depart 4 June)

1 June; by bus (together with Out Party 1) to Ohakune Mountain Road, walk up Blythe Track to Blythe Hut (and/or Maungahuehu Hut, depending on weather and preference) and back to carpark.

2 June: Lower Tama Lake

3 June Taranaki Falls circuit (or Whakapapiti Hut)

4 June (morning only) Soda Springs walk. Pick up Out Party 2 from Ohakune Mountain Road around noon.

OUT PARTY 1 (FIT) (6)  

1 June By bus to Ohakune Mountain Road, drive up to carpark. Walk up Blyth Track to Maungahuehu Hut (3 hrs), then to Rangipo Hut (20  - Green ticket ), total about 8 hours’ walking.

2 June: to Waihohonu Hut (28 - Green ticket), 5 hours

3 June via Oturere Hut and Emerald Lake to Mangatepopo Hut (23- Green ticket), 8 hours

4 June Return to Whakapapa village, 3 hours

OUT PARTY 2 (Medium) (8)

1 June  Whakapapa to Waihohonu Hut (28 - Green ticket), via Upper  Tama Lake, 7-8 hours

2 June. To Rangipo Hut (20 - Green Ticket) – 5 hours

3 June. To Blyth Hut (18 - Green Ticket) – 6 hours

4 June. Walk down Blyth Track to Ohakune Mountain Road (3 hrs), pick-up around noon.


Home Party – 6

Out Party 1 (Fit) - 6

Out Party 2 (Medium) – 8

Cost - Please pay $50 deposit on booking to secure your registration. 

Home Party $185

Out Parties $125

Should any member of the out parties wish to stay in the lodge on the night of Friday 31 May for an extra cost of $30, please indicate (subject to availability).


All participants must be fully equipped for winter conditions – warm clothing, gloves, a good rain jacket and waterproof over-trousers.

Organiser:  Chris Bilham

Driver:  Craig O'Neill


Members of the two Out Parties should make their own arrangements for paying for the huts. Those we plan to stay at are all serviced huts and require a green ticket ($25, available from Bivouac Albany, DOC and other outlets). All these huts are “first come, first served”* so trampers should bring a tent in case the huts are full.

  •      In fact Waihohonu and Mangatepopo are Great Walk huts and have to be booked in advance during the summer.

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