Mt Ruapehu, N.Z. Enjoying the Silica Rapids Walk****4 stars

A Stroll in the Sunshine makes us Smile.

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On the road between the Whakapapa Ski Area and Tongariro Village is the end of the Silica Rapids Walk which can be taken as a circuit or one way. There’s a map and information here and some lovely little bridges across the stream.

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The silica is deposited in the stream bed as it drops down the valley. Once your into the forests there’s a wonderful bridge hidden among the beech forest where you must pause awhile…. before continuing on and emerging at Whakapapa Village. Keep a lookout for the little Nature Walk nearby too.

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Finally, our patience was rewarded with a great view of Mt Ruapehu from our room at the Chateau. After a brief stop we headed up to the nearby Skotel Resort where we enjoyed a tasty dinner and a magnificent view of Mt Tongariro from the deck before heading back to the chandeliers of Chateau Tongariro and a welcome rest before tackling the Tongariro Alpine Crossing tomorrow. Yet another day of contrasts?

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