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Mangatepopo Road Open

Written by Callum Harland on February 25th, 2013.      0 comments

As of yesterday, the 25th February the Mangatepopo Road is open to the public. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing remains partially open from the Mangatepopo Road end to the Emerald Lakes. The track between Emerald Lakes and Ketetahi Road end remains closed. So at present the hike is an "out and back" route, starting and finishing at the Mangatepopo Road end. 

Discovery will not be operating it's shuttle service to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing until the track is fully open or Department of Conservation decides to close the Mangatepopo Road to the public once again.

Discovery has operated the earliest daily shuttle service to the start of the Crossing for the last 10 years. We have convinced thousands of Kiwi's and travelers to wake up early and board our bus at 5.35am. Some have been very reluctant, some have been grumpy. But at the end of the hike almost all have been thrilled to experience the Crossing in relative peace and quiet without the crowds and to have completed almost all of the ascent during the cooler part of the day.

We believe going early is the best way to experience the Crossing. We will continue to convince our guests to go early. And now the Mangatepopo Road is open our guests can drive themselves to the start. Please note, there are only about 60 car parks at the Mangatepopo Road end so another good reason to go early. Once the car park is full Department of Conservation will close the road to the public.  

We are hoping Department of Conservation will reopen the full Crossing very soon. If you are booking accommodation sometime into the future with Discovery and wish to hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing please also book our shuttle service to guarantee a seat on our early bus just in case Department of Conservation reopens the full track.