Intro video on one of my favourite tracks - Tongario Northern Circuit.
Warning: Due to recent Mt Tongario eruptions Ketetahi Hut is current closed for 2012/13 season. This also affects part of the Tongario Alpine Crossing. Click here for up-to-date from DOC.
Video that is now playing on-board selected Air New Zealand flights, encouraging Kiwis to get out and walk New Zealand’s stunning nine Great Walks.
The Tongariro Crossing is currently closed and will be reviewed on a daily basis. Mount Ruapehu ski-fields are unaffected by the eruption. Walks around Mount Ruapehu are also unaffected.
The Department of Conservation says tracks and huts on Mt Tongariro will remain closed for the immediate future while GNS experts continue to assess volcanic activity on the mountain.
GNS has described the overnight eruption at Te Maari Crater as a small scale hydrothermal event and volcanic specialists are continuing to monitor the situation.
Three of the huts - Ketetahi, Waihohonu, Oturere - were clear of trampers and three men found at the Mangatepopo Hut on the opposite side of the mountain were safely walked out of the area.
Ketetahi Hut, which is closest to the crater eruption and was unoccupied at the time, has suffered boulder damage.
Click here to view.
Source: Department of Conservation