- Tongariro National Park
- Blyth Hut (serviced, 20 bunks); Lupton Hut (basic, eight bunks) (Contact Wanganui High School Tramping Club for information on Lupton Hut.)
- Ohakune Mountain Road, Round the Mountain Track
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For a family outing in Tongariro National Park, the privately-owned Lupton Hut is a good option. Owned by Wanganui High School, the hut can be used by the general public if arranged in advance.
From the road, meander upwards, past the junction with the Blyth Track, to the top of a spur and into a big clearing. With fantastic views of the upper mountain, it’s a beautiful place to take photos before descending to Waitonga Falls Lookout.
From the river, follow the Round The Mountain Track as it leaves the relative motorway that guides tourists to the falls lookout. The climb from the river is quite steep. After about 200m leave the RTM Track for another which leads to Lupton and Blyth huts.
It’s a short walk from Lupton Hut to Blyth Hut. Return the same way.