From Labour weekend in October to 30 April, parking at Mangatepopo roadend is restricted to 4 hr maximum.
The track to Soda Springs follows Mangatepopo Stream and is part of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
Ngauruhoe’s most recent lava flows appear dark in contrast to the older flows which are slowly revegetating. Under the headwall of the Mangatepopo valley, these cold water springs create a small oasis of lush yellow mountain buttercups and white foxgloves in summer.
The track starts at the Mangatepopo roadend, 13.4 km from Whakapapa Village on SH 47.
|Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre|
|Phone:||+64 7 892 3729|
|Fax:||+64 4 471 1117|
State Highway 48
PO Box 71029
Mount Ruapehu 3951
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