Tongariro Northern Circuit

Tongariro Northern Circuit

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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 over 2 years ago

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Ingrid Kiselka

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Good maintenance of tracks, nice ranger at the hut.

Reviewed about 3 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 3 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 3 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 about 3 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 about 3 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 about 3 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 about 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Julia

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

So many different landscapes, difficult and exhausting but still possible to do for everybody. Good huts and nice rangers.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Juliane Mueller

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Maxime Louis

France

Ranking: 10/10

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!!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Edwine

Belgium

Ranking: 6/10

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.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Floren Hoenschler

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice track. Too much people. Amazing natural phenomenon.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Jessica Ruhland

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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'.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Till

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Morgan Fog

United States

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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William Lendway

United States

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Lorne Paterson

United States

Ranking: 10/10

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!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Simone De Angiou

Italy

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Jan

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Best walk in New Zealand!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Tamara

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

No drinking water and you have to take your own bin with you. Both is a big disadvantage on a 4 day walk.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Kyle Johnson

United States

Ranking: 9/10

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!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Taylor Fabricius

United States

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Uschi Pongratz

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A walk through different landscapes up to the Red Crater and the colourful Emerald Lakes.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Markus Wabing

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Lukas Schenke

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

It is really worth it to take some days for Tongariro. Great campsites, good hike and great views!!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Damaris Mayer

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Awesome landscape, met nice people.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Nicolas Justin

France

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Max Grabowski

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Stunning.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Nimh Oudhof

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Pretty heavy track, but good, only not too much variety.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Johannes

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome landscape, nice huts, friendly wardens.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Matthias Freiling

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing landscape, unique experience, impressive volcanic formations, nice huts and DOC wardens.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Alex

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Victor Herranz

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome! Just incredible, I recommend to every traveller to do it at least once in their lives.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Friederike Kranzin

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Marc Engstle

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Only one day of 3 was great - the crossing is enough, nice huts.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Aitnan Melman

Israel

Ranking: 9/10

Very interesting terrain. I recommend camping out rather than booking huts.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Harel Cliad

Israel

Ranking: 9/10

Great views. Our day in the mountains was exciting.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Simon Zenzen

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing views-like in a whole different world.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Alex Artigues

France

Ranking: 7/10

Its an amazing view but too many people

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Jana Simcikova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Great volcanoes!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Lusi13

France

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Thomas

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Jean Raisin

France

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful landscape.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Tony and Helene

France

Ranking: 8/10

Some parts of very beautiful and some are very boring. Amazing view of the lakes.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Missy and Chaz

United States

Ranking: 10/10

One of the hardest things I have ever done physically but totally worth it. Amazing moonscapes, volcanic mountains, blue lakes galore!!

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Tobi

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great fun to do tramping in historic area. Huge scenic diversity.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Evyatar Tulipman

Israel

Ranking: 7/10

First and last parts of the tracks are not very interesting to many people.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Anne Rodofsen

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice! Nice huts. Good tracks.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Be Groen

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Landscape was awesome but way too many people were walking. Difficult to solve.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Ian Sainsbury

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

One of the great walks with great views - DOC huts were of a pretty good standard.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Anika

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

+ Scenic walkway, awesome scenery, breathtaking, good transport.
- Overcrowded in summer.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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John Jacobs

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

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!!!)

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in January 2012

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Natascha & Greg

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Only not so cool things: don't go there in peak season.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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snoopidoops

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Zoe Barker

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic scenery in volcanic area. Good hut, camping, toilet facilities provided by DOC. Flexible, private transport available (Turangi ISite excellent for preparation).

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Robin van der Linden

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

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).

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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R Tearle

New Zealand

Ranking: 4/10

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.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Boi Sagarra

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

A high diversity of different scenery (forest, valcanoes, deserts), awesome!

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Susannah Eduart

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Nadia Husain

United States

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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anon

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Karen Raven

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Awesome scenery, crowded huts (in late Jan)

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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bdevries

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Too bad we had to go down the mountain because of the weather. We will return to complete the course.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009