Tukino Ski-field Road and The Rangipo Desert, off Desert Road

The Road to the Tukino ski-field off the desert Road. Very unusual landscapes and stunning views of Mts Ruapehu and Ngaurohoe. There is a minimalist DOC camp halfway up this road with absolutly no facilities, but wonderful place to stay a night.

4 Replies to “Tukino Ski-field Road and The Rangipo Desert, off Desert Road”

  1. Thank you Harvey, I’ve driven past the Tukino Access Rd several times and wondered what it was like. By the look of it though, I wouldn’t attempt to take my little car up there. So it was great tosee the views from your perspective!

    1. Hi Ruth, the state of the road varies, the last time I was there there were such large pools of water lying there that I did not bother going any further. When the road has been maintained it is quite passable by most vehicles, but there is a sign saying “4 wheel drive only from this point forward” which is where parking and camping is possible .

    1. Hi Eddie

      In a dry summer, no trouble with a normal 2WD and have seen them up at the DOC Camp which is where I was. From there on they recommend 4WD only. As I said in my reply to Ruth above, there was once when it had been quite wet when I turned around and did not make it. It also depends on how well they maintain the road. My score is 3 out of 4.

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