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Empakaai crater / Empakai crater hike

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Empakaai crater / Empakai crater hike

Does anyone know how long it takes to drive from Karatu to the Empakaai crater from experience? I would like to know whether it's possible to do a day trip to and from Karatu.

I am getting mixed messages with a forum member saying 5 hours drive one way, and another saying its only 60km so about 2 hours - vastly different estimates!


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1. Re: Empakaai crater / Empakai crater hike

The poster that suggest 2 hours is incorrect and probably using Google.

From Karatu to Ngorngoro Sopa is 45km, 16km Tar and the rest dirt. From there Nainokanoka, at the foot of Olmoti is another 15km of very bad road/track. That gives the 60km mentioned.

From there it must be at least 20km on to the slopes of Empakai and the track is very poor. Most folk walk it quicker over the Bulbul depression..

So I would suggest, from my own experience, the five hours there and five back is nearer the mark.

I would not suggest this as a worthwhile day trip especially if you wish to descend into the crater.

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