Tongariro Northern Circuit

Tongariro Northern Circuit

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2 Tongariro / National Park Village

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Central Crater - Northern Circuit
Emerald Lake - Northern Circuit
Lunar landscape along the track
Classic Tongariro panorama

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Time: 3 - 4 days

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.

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North IslandRuapehuTongariro / National Park Village

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Eva Cordemeyer

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

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!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Ingrid Kiselka

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Good maintenance of tracks, nice ranger at the hut.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Vic Baughen

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Superb scenery, always worth the effort.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Matti Picus

Israel

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic walk, all it was cracked up to be. Definitely a great walk.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Kallan Mrozek

United States

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Carmen Stanow

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Sabine Schwandegger

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Although the weather was bad, wardens always informed us. In the end we even got back money for one day!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Frank Fabian

Austria

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Estelle Coquard

France

Ranking: 10/10

Rangers are sympathetic, wonderful landscapes, tent sites are affordable, DOC is efficient.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Susannah Arrowsmith

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Sara Kuenzi

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Absolutely amazing. Accommodation was good and the trail, while confusing at times, was mostly well maintained. Hut wardens were the bomb.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Adrien Richard

France

Ranking: 9/10

Lots of landscapes, lovely hiking trip without too many people.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in April 2016

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Bjoern

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful landscape, changing every day so you cannot get bored of it. Never regretted doing this Great Walk.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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