We slept the night before the hike at a campsite off of Pembroke Road and drove to Egmount National Park visitor center the morning of the hike. The trail head was right behind the visitor center - an abandoned road that lead to Manganui Lodge - although this segment of the hike was very easy we did gain 1500 feet of elevation. The second part of the hike was from the lodge to the scrambling segment, the trail was well maintained and marked. And the last segment was Class 3 climbing on loose gravel and stone. The summit was a bit hidden, the crater of the volcano appears after the lizard section but the summit is still another 150-200 feet of climbing.
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We camped the night before at a campsite off of Mangatepopo Road and the morning of the hike we drove to Mangatepopo Car Park to commence our hike. The majority of the hike was along the Tongariro Alpine Crossing - relatively moderate hiking - and the last segment was scrambling on the side of the mountain. The last segment was the toughest part of the hike, I'd label as Class 3 climbing because we were on all four limbs 90% of the time.