Southern Crossing

Tararua Southern Crossing

The Tararua Ranges are a classic Aotearoa tramping destinations but they are potentially the most underrated in terms of extreme weather. Despite its everlasting charm, the Tararua Forest Park has a reputation for extremely high winds, dense fog, and icy conditions as cold and windy days on the mountain tops are the norm rather than the exception. It sees some of the strongest winds and most dynamic weather of anywhere in the country.

Feeling inspired after watching this video and ready to start planning your trip? Make sure to check out MSC’s Plan My Walk app. You can create a plan online with trip dates, and group details and easily share the plan with your emergency contact in one click.

The app also has up-to-date information including weather forecasts and track alerts so be sure to check in before you head out.


Check out more of MSC’s Tramping Video Series here.


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