The Rangipo Hut is a serviced 20-bunk hut in the Turangi/Taupo area. It is the highest on the Ruapehu circuit and faces east, with views over the Desert Road and Kaimanawa Ranges. It’s surrounded by the Rangipo Desert, which lies in the rain-shadow of Ruapehu. Although not strictly a desert, the combination of the altitude, harsh winters and quick-draining volcanic soils mean that any plant life here is sparse and often spindly.


Photograph supplied by the Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai.

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