When TRM posted some aerial panoramic views of Turangi – photos taken from nearby Mt. Pihanga and Mt. Tihia – on a local Facebook it immediately resulted in more enquiries on how to get there?
The photos of Turangi and surrounding National Park images were taken for us by contractors doing some work to the installation on the summit – see photo on right:
A few years ago TRM produced a very brief slide show to illustrate the views available – it was not one of our best efforts… This was deliberate as we did not want to promote the location too well as this is a hard-to-find unmarked track is in a Kiwi Zone (NO DOGS!) in the National Park where it is more sensitive to tourist pressures. It is also a know habitat for Hobbits who do not like to be disturbed.
TRM have lost tourists on the Mt. Tihia several times now so – unless you know the tracks – you need to take a guide. Below is another short slide show by Kiki and JimTim when they led some young friends to climb Mt. Tihia and they wandered off the track so pretended they were looking for Hobbits.
They emerged again on SH47 at the car park for Lake Rotopounamu about 3-4 km south from where they entered the bush track. TRM can arrange a guided adventure with Hannah on weekends.
Tourists are usually directed to the better easier to follow tracks like the 2 hour circuit around Lake Rotopounamu which is a couple of km further on the Saddle Road with better parking, signage, etc. – see below: