Last weekend I visited Tongariro National Park to do some short walks. The winter weather was very obliging and I had a wonderful time. My favourite was the Silica Rapids Walk, even though it was a bit misty / drizzly from time to time. If I could only do one walk in that area it would be that one.
I stayed at Riversong Retreat in Horopito. It was very comfortable and the hosts were friendly, helpful and relaxed.
One thing: it’s winter and maybe that makes a difference, but I was hoping to see and maybe take photos of lots of birds. I saw and heard very few birds. Most of the walks were silent. On the other hand, I saw quite a few and diverse fungi.
Saturday 02 July 2022
- Lake Rotokura walk near Ohakune — 4.14 Km
Sunday 03 July 2022
Silica Rapids Track — 6.8 Km (started at the bottom, went to the rapids and returned, rather than walking the loop)
Tawhai Falls Track — 1.0 Km
Mounds Walk — 0.38 Km return