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Peak tramping

Descending Tahurangi, Mt Ruapehu’s highest summit. Photo: Shaun Barnett/Black Robin Photography
Gaining a summit is a highlight of any trip. But why just stop at one when you can add two, three or more summits to make your next tramp one to remember. These nine trips will do for starters.
Words and images by Shaun Barnett, Pat Barrett and Ray Salisbury


Tongariro traverse
Ngauruhoe-Tongariro-Tahurangi, Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park’s three distinctive mountains draw summit-seekers, and some climbers like to tackle all three peaks in one day. A more leisurely option is a weeklong tramp around the park, bagging the major summits en route.

Take the track from Whakapapa Village to Mangatepopo Hut, then join the Tongariro Alpine Crossing to the impressive amphitheatre of South Crater. From here, a well-trodden route climbs the northern flanks of Mt Ngauruhoe (2287m), followed by an exhilarating...

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