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Lake Surprise, Tongariro National Park

Mt Ruapehu and Lake Surprise. Photo: Glyn Hubbard Photography
Tongariro National Park
Mangaturuturu Hut ($15, 10 bunks)
Off a small lay-by on the Ohakune Mountain Rd
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Get a short taster of the Round-The-Mountain Track with a day or overnight trip up to Lake Surprise. From the road-end the track climbs over several outlying mountain flanks before reaching the Mangaturuturu Hut.

Beyond the hut, the track begins to sidle across the valley before reaching a boardwalk leading up to Lake Surprise. The lake itself is a small alpine tarn nestled amongst tussock and beech.

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