Death on the Tongariro Crossing, – Rāhui in place till Friday


“Reports are coming in of a death on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing,” begins the somber tale. “A 71-year-old is reported to have died after falling, and as a result, a Rāhui has been placed on the track — meaning there will be restricted access to the area,” explains Ngāti Tūwharetoa spokesperson Bubs Smith. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased,” she adds with a heavy heart.

Colin Baker, owner of Ruapehu Scenic Shuttles, shares the grim news with a profound sense of regret, saying, “It is with deep regret to inform you of a death on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing this morning.” Baker continues, “A 71-year-old male has died after falling, and as a result, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing has a Rāhui placed on the track until Friday 12th April at sunrise. All shuttles are cancelled, all guiding and access to the crossing is off limits until that time as a mark of respect for the loss of this gentleman and the loss to his family. Please respect this.”

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