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Iconic and legendary, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is undoubtedly the most well-known and popular hike in the Tongariro National Park. However, it is certainly not for everyone. It is after all, a 19.4km hike across a volcano and so is challenging for most people.
I decided to see the volcanos from above.
When I returned back, I still had time to go for a walk. near the railway station, I saw the sign The Fisher's Track to Tupapakurua Falls. well, I could go to see the waterfalls. At first, there was a wide road. Then there was a path through the rainforest to the lookout. it was a fantastic narrow path, a bit like in a wild botanical garden. There were signs on the trees with the descriptions. But farther it became difficult. I had to go up and down, up and down, through the small streams, a few times I wanted to go back. But finally, I saw these waterfalls. It became rather late. When I was back on the lookout, it was already sunset time. I still had quite a long way to the village so I almost ran to the wide road. When I was back in the hostel it was dark. I was a bit exhausted but happy.

Only then I read about this track:

"One of the lesser discovered hikes in the area, but also one of the more challenging, the Tupapakurua Falls track can be reached from National Park Village. It starts off Fishers Road and begins with an easy 20 minute walk to the Taranaki Lookout from where you can view Mt Taranaki on a clear day. From there, it becomes a back-country adventure track suitable for experienced hikers only. The track follows a ridge and then descends steeply 230 m to a stream with good stands of native trees, including tawa, mature rimu, miro and totara, along the way. Climbing from the stream, the track winds its way around bluffs to a good lookout point with views of the falls. Allow between 4 to 5 hours for the return trip."

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Sunset at lookout

Fabulous forest


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