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.
Superb scenery, always worth the effort.
Fantastic walk, all it was cracked up to be. Definitely a great walk.
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!
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.
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So many different landscapes, difficult and exhausting but still possible to do for everybody. Good huts and nice rangers.
It is one of the great walks and as such it leaves you breathless - because of the landscape and the hike itself. The weather is very important as it can change quickly and leave you with no orientation. Pack a compass/map and be ready for slippery areas and river crossings. Effective walking time is 20 hours (good level of fitness), 3 to 4 days.
Welcome to Mordor! Definitely my best walk so far in New Zealand. With 8 hours per day, it can be done in two days and if you like volcanic atmospheres then this is for you. The National Park is just sublime!!
Bad weather! Not enough information about what to wear before you go to the top. I did not enjoy but it was good at the end. Happy to do it but just the once.
Really nice track. Too much people. Amazing natural phenomenon.
On our first Great Walk we had a unique view over the Red Crater and Emerald Lakes. We also made the short trip to the incredible blue 'Blue Lake'.
Incredible, beautiful landscape! Everyone keeps discussing, if it is enough to do the Alpine Crossing or if one should go for the Great Walk. My opinion, if you have the time, go for the Great Walk!
Started from Mangetepopo. Booked it to Outerere Hut in good time. Camped out in a hammock. Cold! Spent day two under the hot sun and finished in Whakapapa. Refreshing dip in Taranaki Falls.
Starting at Mangautapopo we traversed up and over Tongariro with Mt Ngaruahoe views. Stayed at Outerere hut. Great waterfall but the coldest night in New Zealand.
40km in two days, very doable but 20km on the last day. Beautiful paths, well marked, amazing huts and views. Get away from the day circuit asap!
Simone De Angiou
Great walk indeed! The best part is in common with the Crossing, but Tama Lakes and Oturere Plain are totally worth the trip. Tranquility and the beauty of this track returned us one of the best experiences in the North Island. Do not miss the Ngauruhoe Summit.
Best walk in New Zealand!
No drinking water and you have to take your own bin with you. Both is a big disadvantage on a 4 day walk.
Another must see for Lord of the Rings fans. Climbing UP and around Mt Doom and through 'Mordor' is better than in the movie (and safer, alas there are no Orcs!). The Circuit is beautiful but can be difficult. The proper gear is a must!
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A stunning trek around Mt Doom. Many different landscapes and scenery to view throughout the walk. Make sure you are slightly in shape, otherwise the loop could prove to be difficult.
A walk through different landscapes up to the Red Crater and the colourful Emerald Lakes.
Did the four day walk there. There was a new landscape every day, getting better and better with every step. The highlight was definitely the top of the Red Crater, with the best view over the Emerald Lakes.
It is really worth it to take some days for Tongariro. Great campsites, good hike and great views!!
Awesome landscape, met nice people.
Great circuit to discover the volcanoes with all fumeroles. Doable in two days if you are an experienced hiker. Last part is long and boring. Too many people on the Alpine Crossing section, impossible to take a picture without someone on it.
Pretty heavy track, but good, only not too much variety.
Awesome landscape, nice huts, friendly wardens.
Amazing landscape, unique experience, impressive volcanic formations, nice huts and DOC wardens.
I've done a lot of tramping in NZ on both formed and unformed tracks and this is one of the must do's for tramping in NZ. It's a bit crowded but there's a good reason for that. The best way to experience a volcanic landscape in my view (although White Island is also well worth the trip). A relatively easy walk suitable for all fitness levels.
Awesome! Just incredible, I recommend to every traveller to do it at least once in their lives.
Amazing views to Mt Ruapehu and Mt Ngauruhoe, very good DOC campground to start to the Upper and Lower Tama Lakes as day walk too! Good huts and facilities.
Only one day of 3 was great - the crossing is enough, nice huts.
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Very interesting terrain. I recommend camping out rather than booking huts.
Great views. Our day in the mountains was exciting.
Amazing views-like in a whole different world.
Its an amazing view but too many people
Simply awesome, the Tongariro crossing part is of course exceptional, but the east part of the Track is just magic, particularly in the early morning, with the morning fog sea in the valley and the sunrise. If you can, avoid the Whakapapa-Mangatepopo part, it's quite boring.
If you have 2+ days to spend in the area, defnitely do the circuit as it includes the best parts of the crossing and has way less tourists on the rest of this beautiful walk.
Tony and Helene
Some parts of very beautiful and some are very boring. Amazing view of the lakes.
Missy and Chaz
One of the hardest things I have ever done physically but totally worth it. Amazing moonscapes, volcanic mountains, blue lakes galore!!
Great fun to do tramping in historic area. Huge scenic diversity.
First and last parts of the tracks are not very interesting to many people.
Very nice! Nice huts. Good tracks.
Landscape was awesome but way too many people were walking. Difficult to solve.
One of the great walks with great views - DOC huts were of a pretty good standard.
+ Scenic walkway, awesome scenery, breathtaking, good transport.
- Overcrowded in summer.
3 day or 6 day walk in the National Park of New Zealand. Good huts with water and heating, just check on the DOC or Whakapapa website (tent pitches available!!!)
Natascha & Greg
Only not so cool things: don't go there in peak season.
Did this walk in the opposite direction. This enabled us to be at the Emerald Lakes and Red Crater with no one else around. Pure magic. Scenery was spectacular getting better as the days progressed.
Fantastic scenery in volcanic area. Good hut, camping, toilet facilities provided by DOC. Flexible, private transport available (Turangi ISite excellent for preparation).
Robin van der Linden
It is 4 days of walking, but every day is different. Check weather forecast, because when weather is good you can see everything, even Mt Taranaki (like we did).
Annoyed with 'pretend' hut wardens. We were given incorrect info by 1 young imported guy. How can an 18 year old from elsewhere (on holiday) give good helpful info?? On a mountain!!! Not very OSH!! Visitor centre staff seem tourist battle weary as well.
A high diversity of different scenery (forest, valcanoes, deserts), awesome!
Its also a Great Walk. This walk is so different from all the others, because of the volcanic formations and without the normal greeen. The only thing I didn't like were the many people on this track.
Absolutely beautiful! The Alpine Crossing was horribly crowded though and it definitely took away from the experience. The huts were well maintained. Camping was less crowded! Overall worth it.
Great walk with such a wide range of surrounding constantly. In future would do the crossing (day walk) again. but wait for clear day. huts have non booking system which sucks and possibility of sleeping on floor.
Awesome scenery, crowded huts (in late Jan)
Too bad we had to go down the mountain because of the weather. We will return to complete the course.