Legend has it that Ngatoroirangi, archpriest of one of the discovery canoes, Te Arawa, saw Mount Tongariro and proceeded to climb it with his followers when a freezing southerly wind struck. His followers fled for safety and Ngatoroirangi, having scaled to the summit on his own, was caught out. On the verge of death he summoned his ancestral spirits in Hawaiki to send fire and volcanoes to warm him, which they did creating the volcanic activity still present today.
Mount Tongariro remains a legend today, inspiring thousands from around the world to climb in the footsteps of Ngatoroirangi – past emerald crater lakes and bursts of volcanic steam to discover the spellbinding views below of a world heritage treasure – Tongariro National Park.
The Tongariro Crossing is regarded as one of the world’s finest
walks. Beginning in the native forest tracks on the western slopes of
the mountain and climbing up along the rocky volcanic track into an
incredible mountainous realm, the walk finally culminates in glorious
panoramic views from the summit. Unsurprisingly, summer often finds the
Tongariro mountain tracks filled with walkers.
Fortunately, River Birches offers an exclusive, privately guided
crossing by an experienced mountain guide where, after taking in the
most popular vistas, you can escape the crowds and explore rarely seen,
superb views of the Tongariro surrounds from special mountain trails.
For something truly memorable, a pre-dawn departure can be arranged
getting you to the top of Red Crater to watch the sun rise – magical
light, tranquility and amazing views will make this experience
American writer Zane Gray fished this river the 1920s regaling readers with tales of huge Rainbow and Brown trout in numbers so prodigious it caused a stampede of fisherman from around the globe, fishing its fast flowing teal-green waters. Shortly after, even the Queen Mother was drawn to fish the Tongariro at the area now known as the Duchess Pool.
The River Birches lodge is located alongside the banks of the Tongariro making it the perfect refuge for all manner of river based activity, from fly fishing iconic trout pools, through to whitewater rafting, kayaking and hiking the scenic bush-lined walks spanning both sides of the river.
Staying at River Birches lodge puts you in the heart of all the Tongariro region has to offer. After exploring the scenic delights of the Tongariro Crossing or walking the beautiful river tracks, soak in River Birches’ cedar hot tub with a chilled glass of fine New Zealand wine, or order a massage and contemplate your options for gourmet dinning.
River Birches is all about understated luxury that offers the discerning traveler great value at an affordable price. Lodge rooms provide sumptuous comfort with all modern conveniences and technology, while The Cottage at River Birches provides a three bedroom ‘home-away-from-home’ for families and larger groups.
For exploring the Tongariro make River Birches your ‘go to’ destination.