The Motel is located in Waiouru (home to the National Army Museum) and just off the desert road south of Turangi and Taupo.
We are only 20 minutes drive from Ohakune.
Waiouru is a great base for all the Ruapehu Ski fields, Cyclists and Mountain Bikers as well as trampers and walkers looking to do the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
21.5 km - Time: 10 to 12 hours
42 km south of Turangi, near the Desert Road summit, a car park and signpost indicate the start of the access corridor.
The route is poled as far as the bush line above Otamateanui Stream.
A marked track descends through the beech forest steeply into Otamateanui Stream.
Carry on down the stream 7 km to its confluence with the Rangitikei River.
Beware most of this route follows the army land boundary, so please keep to this route for your own safety.
There are many opportunities in Kaimanawa Forest Park for backcountry travel along untracked river valleys and open tops. However, these routes are not marked and those using them need to be experienced, well-prepared and familiar with navigation in isolated country.
More information can be obtained from the DOC office in Turangi.