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Tussock Traverse - Ruapehu Trail Festival

Tongariro National Park | 03 Feb 24

The Tussock Traverse is a 32km run or walk event that is celebrating their 20th anniversary!

Welcome to the 20th Anniversary! 

The Tussock Traverse event offers a 12/6km run/ walk, a 21km run/ walk, and a 32km run/ walk as part of a super day in the Tongariro National Park.

On your journey, you’ll see true desert landscape features, wind-sculptured sands, and volcanic rock to Waihohonu stream. The Waihohonu Hut is the only hut on this section. Highlights include passing between Mount Ruapehu on your left and Mount Ngauruhoe and Tongariro on your right. You’ll climb to the Tama Saddle before descending homeward on well-formed tracks. The final 10km or so are a gentle downhill past the impressive Taranaki Falls and onto the finish line. Overall, the track surface is excellent and the elevation is quite gentle.

Tickets for this event are on sale now until the end of February so get in quick!

For the event trail maps, pricing and to register head here

12/6km Trail