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5th Annual CS Tongariro Crossing(aka Turangi Invasion 2013) This is the official, official sign up
Posted January 17th, 2013 - 10:46 pm by from Auckland, New Zealand (Permalink)
The Tongariro Crossing is one of the Great Walks of New Zealand. The Lonely Planet rates this as the best one day walk in New Zealand.
See the Department of Conservation link -

The brochures describing the walk -
In English, German or French

The normal trek is 19.4 kms and traverses alpine country as well. However, due to a recent eruption parts of the mountain are closed. This will mean that the walk this year will be different from previous years and will include a walk up Mt Doom (Mt Ngauruhoe). We will be going up to the lakes, then for the keen walkers, up Mt Doom (this is quite steep). We still need to sort what is happening with the carpark as where we normally park is closed with shuttles being the only vehicles that can access. We'll sort this before the trip. This is the one day trip and no huts will be required.

This is the 4rd time that the Crossing has been organised for Couchsurfers. In Jan 2011, we had 80 Couchsurfers coming for the Crossing - so this event is going to be pretty huge!

The Crossing is planned for Auckland Anniversary weekend (26 January to 28th January 2013) as this will allow for contingencies in case of foul weather. The extra day will be used for activities in Taupo for people who are keen and for those who want to, an option is to spent Monday in the area or in Rotorua. Note that those coming from a region other than Auckland, you can leave on Sunday.

Sign up on the Events page for this. Please indicate if you can bring tents and sleeping bags or are coming in a campervan. That will allow for more to be accommodated as not everyone has tents. If you don't have a tent, say so on the Auckland group post and people can join up.

Turangi Holiday park
$15 per person per night camping (most of us)
If you want a cabin, $35 per night, or $25 each shared.
$5 bedding if you don't have any
You can just tell me you're coming and then pay when you arrive, HOWEVER, if you're turning up after 9pm on Friday, you must ring them, book and pay with credit card so that they can sleep.. (07) 386 8754

It is twenty dollars return for the shuttle to and from the mountain. You can pay when you check in to the camping ground or when you hop on the bus (in this case you need cash). We will have some sort of awesome sticker system to indicate who has paid on check in. There will probably be two different times the shuttle will return 1) for those doing the standard (shortened) walk and 2) those doing Mt Doom. You will need to decide if you want to do Mt Doom by the Friday night, prior to leaving the campground.

In terms of transport down to Turangi, look at the guests who are offering rides and/or need rides and contact them directly. If still no luck then Tom and Vikram are our camp ride daddies and are happy to help.

Programme for the weekend

Friday 25 January 2013

Travel to Turangi and camp for the night. I would suggest that you have dinner on the way or grab some takeaways in Taupo. Remember that if you are arriving late the takeaway outlets in Turangi may be closed.

Saturday 26 January 2013

We will wake up early and leave the campsite by 8am. That way we can walk during the cooler part of the day and get car parking spaces close to the start point. The start will be explained on the Friday night.

After the hike, we can head off to the Tookanu Hot Pools. They are located on the main road in Tokaanu and have offered a special deal for us at $8 for the private pools and $5 for the public pools. It is advisable that you consider going to the hot pools after the hike to soothe the muscles.

At night, we will return to the campsite and have a BBQ there.

Sunday 27 January 2013

Some may wish to do adventure activities this morning. The views from skydiving are awesome (it is expensive though).

We will head to Taupo and go to Spa Road. This part of the Waikato river has a hot waterfall and it is a scenic place to relax and have a great time.
If it is really warm, we can alternatively swim in Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand with pristine water (remember not to use soap so that we do not pollute the water). Other places we can head to are the Craters of the Moon, which is a geothermal area that has entry by donation. All these activities are free.

Other activities can be decided at the campsite.

Dinner will be a BBQ again.

Those wanting to leave to head back can do so (Wellington does not have a holiday on Monday)

Monday 28 January 2013

Some people may have gone back to Auckland for the Laneways Festival, but usually people go to Rotorua and see some sights. Rotorua is situated on an area of geo-thermal activity with numerous hot mud pools, geysers, and is a hive of thermal activity. People go to the best mud pools in the country, soak in a hot thermal pool (there are a number there and people can choose on that day). All these will be free.

Sunday can be spent in Taupo doing activities (skydiving, fishing) or simply chilling out and letting the sore parts of the body heal.

In the event of foul weather, the walk can be delayed by a day and done on Sunday 27 Jan instead.

As in the previous events, this invitation will be extended nationally and to Couchsurfers visiting NZ as well.

Please bring along good hiking shoes (boots are better), sunscreen, food, drinks and ensure that you have some wet weather gear in case it rains. It is wise to bring along warm clothing (eg thermals) as the weather can turn quite quickly and there could be snow - even in summer.

If you are interested, please sign up on this Events page.

Send me a message indicating:
1. If you need a ride
2. If you are bringing along a tent, sleeping blanket or are coming in a campervan
3. Where you are coming from
4. Expected arrival time in Turangi (note driving time from Auckland or Wellington is 3.5 – 4 hours). I will post a suggested route which should take less time to reach Turangi. Send me a message if you need directions.

Please advise me of your contact details (mobile number and your email address as a backup, in case the messaging system goes down).

Keep checking this Events page periodically as that will be updated.

If the last Crossings are any indication, it will be a fantastic weekend. Not only a great walk but also the company of a great bunch of Couchsurfers from all over the world.


Aaron, Vikram, Tom and Anna-Marie
Aaron - http://www.couchsurfing.org/profile.html?id=CXCIQK
Tom - http://www.couchsurfing.org/people/tamati/
Vikram - http://www.couchsurfing.org/people/vikramaditya/
Aaron cell 0277158418 (64277158418 from a foreign phone no.)
Tel: 0220440660 (or +64220440660 if calling from overseas)
Anna-Marie- 0274914030 http://www.couchsurfing.org/profile.html?id=7T8VCR0

FROM: January 25th, 2013 - 2:00 pm
TO: January 28th, 2013 - 10:00 am

LINK: http://www.couchsurfing.org/meetings.html?mid=176029

LOCATION: New Zealand - Waikato - Turangi
ADDRESS: 13 Te Reiti Tamara Grove