Drove North on Highway 1 all the way to Waiouru then headed East on Highway 49 to Ohakune. Entered Tongariro National Park just on 6:00 pm. Drove up to the Waitonga Falls car park intending to head into Mangaehuehu Hut for the night with a quick detour on the way to visit Lupton and Blyth, first I wanted to find Mangaiti Hut. Thought I would find a track entrance, however I went up and down the road and failed. Decided I would find it on Sunday time to head off and had a view of the mountain in the open before dropping down to the falls.
|Springbank 15yo and Glendronach 21yo miniatures|
Once out of bed and fed, did some hut tidy (no hearth broom), and prepped some fire wood, then headed off into mild rain stopping at Lupton for a brief look at the hut.
|Clean and tidy hut|
|Down valley from Lupton Hut - no vis|
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Had lunch at Mangaehuehu Hut, cleaned the hut for Seek Freedom, weather had started to clear and could see blue sky.
|View towards Girdlestone Peak|
|In the dark these snag you with tree dreams.|
|Fresh 1080 drop|
Map of the Trip
|Waitonga Falls Area with four close huts|
1837 Left Waitonga car park
1851 Old Blyth track junction
1903 Waitonga Falls
1912 Blyth Hut track junction
1928 Lupton Hut
1936 Arrived Blyth Hut
1005 Left Blyth Hut
1010 Lupton hut
1023 Blyth Hut track junction
1122 Mangaehuehu Hut
1224 Left Mangaehuehu Hut
1320 Blyth Hut track junction
1346 Waitonga car park
Cleaned up Mangahuehu hut, adding another bible to return to Seek Freedom and co.