Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park
An easy and beautiful 1.5 to 2 hour 3.8 km loop walk through lush forest and visiting Ohinetonga Lagoon.
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Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park
Straight into gorgeous NZ native forest.

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park
This sign informs us of the likely presence of Whio (the rare endangered Blue Duck).

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park
No Whio today...

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park
Then we cross the road...

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park
...and...

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park
Ohmygod... The forest on this walk is bite-the-back-of-your-hand beautiful.

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park
This is part of why this walk is so beautiful... Those gorgeous little ferns everywhere.

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park
And now a boardwalk brings us to this viewing platform...

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park
...surrounded by this.

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park
And this.

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park
And just when we thought, "Ah well, it can't get much nicer than that..."

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park
Ohinetonga Lagoon.

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park
Ohinetonga Lagoon. It would be worth carrying a comfortable armchair here and staying for a whole day.

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park
We walk on in stunned silence.

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park
Then we cross the road again, listening out for cars.

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park
More Whio action..?

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park
Nope. Not today.

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park
Looks like a good spot for a swim on a hot day.

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park

Ohinetonga Loop Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

OHINETONGA LOOP WALK - Tongariro National Park
And here we are back where we started.