74 Rankers Reviews
3 Tongariro / National Park Village
The Tongariro Northern Circuit starts at the beginning of the Tongariro Crossing, after the Emerald Lakes the walk takes you past Oturere Hut, on past the historic Waihohonu Hut, then back to Whakapapa Village via the Tama Saddle. This is an awesome walk to take in some really varied terrain and some of the best scenary in the area.
The walk is over largely exposed terrain and the weather can change very suddenly. Good clothing, shoes and wet weather gear is a must, no jeans - so for all you Euro's out there; leave your G Stars at home!
There is rain water at all the huts as well as gas, but you will need your own cooking gear. It is also a 'Great Walk' which means you need hut tickets before you depart.
North Island ▷ Ruapehu ▷ Tongariro / National Park Village
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Exactly as described! When the weather is clear, it is mesmerising! Day 2, start early before the day tourists come! Huts are clean and nice rangers!
Good maintenance of tracks, nice ranger at the hut.
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Superb scenery, always worth the effort.
Fantastic walk, all it was cracked up to be. Definitely a great walk.
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Huts were great. The trail was in fantastic condition. Hut wardens were extremely helpful and pleasant. DOC staff provided differing advice; some more risk averse than others. Views are impressive if you have a clear day. Online booking system is fantastic.
We made a day trip to the volcanic terrain. The blue lakes and the view is awesome. But it gets cold at the top of the mountain.
Although the weather was bad, wardens always informed us. In the end we even got back money for one day!
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The weather was very bad, so we had to quit it after one day. We were always very well informed by the DOC ranger because of the bad weather.
Rangers are sympathetic, wonderful landscapes, tent sites are affordable, DOC is efficient.
This is an amazing walk despite the fact that it rained pretty much non stop, we could still see the views. Don't under estimate it, Its a lot harder than we expected it to be and we were expecting it to be hard. Be sure to keep checking the weather report cause it changes hourly, so does the bus shuttles decision to pick up or not. if theres high winds at Red Crater its not safe to cross. We almost missed this walk, due to weather reports and it was amazing.
Absolutely amazing. Accommodation was good and the trail, while confusing at times, was mostly well maintained. Hut wardens were the bomb.
Lots of landscapes, lovely hiking trip without too many people.
Beautiful landscape, changing every day so you cannot get bored of it. Never regretted doing this Great Walk.
Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍