Mangatepopo Road End To Soda Springs
Grade: Easy - Allow 1 - 1.5 Hours
Your transport will drop you off at the Mangatepopo Road end. The first section of the track is fairly flat, well formed and board walked in damp areas to provide stability under foot. Marker poles line the track.
About 15 minutes in from the start, the track to Whakapapa branches off to the right. A further five minutes on from this junction, another sidetrack leads left towards the Mangatepopo Hut and public toilet facilities.
The main track however, continues up the valley, following the Mangatepopo Stream and around the edge of an old lava flow.
As the altitude increases, walkers will notice a change in plant species along the track.
The last toilet facilities are located every 1 to 2 hours along the track - just past Soda Springs, at South Crater, just after Blue Lakes, just before the Ketetahi bushline and just before the 17km mark. Bring your own toilet paper!