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Tongariro Northern Circuit     ( (j F, Y) )

"Our guide was a lovely person, and thought of everything."
"Our guide was a lovely person, and thought of everything."
"What was there not to love? Great guides, great hiking!"
"What was there not to love? Great guides, great hiking!"
"I loved the sense of achievement, I was proud to share NZ with visitors."
"I loved the sense of achievement, I was proud to share NZ with visitors."
"The scenery was spectacular!"
"The scenery was spectacular!"
"Walking Legends were helpful from the beginning."
"Walking Legends were helpful from the beginning."
"I enjoyed walking in and learning about a new place."
"I enjoyed walking in and learning about a new place."
"Very professional outfit, package well put-together. We
"Very professional outfit, package well put-together. We're fans."
"Organisation was great and all went smoothly."
"Organisation was great and all went smoothly."
Alfresco nibbles anyone?
Alfresco nibbles anyone?
Such Beauty!
Such Beauty!
"The walking was fantastic and scenery superb!"
"The walking was fantastic and scenery superb!"
"I experienced so much more than when I travelled alone!"
"I experienced so much more than when I travelled alone!"
3 Days
(24 miles)
Depart National Park
NZD$590 per child
(15 years and under)

Tongariro Northern Circuit Summary

The Tongariro Northern Circuit is a North Island Great Walk. Take 3 days to hike around the central plateaus' alpine volcanoes; Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu with a knowledgeable, local guide. From alpine herb fields to forests, from tranquil lakes to desert-like plateau, this is a place of extremes and surprises. You'll see unique and stunning landscapes including ancient volcanic craters, brilliant blue lakes, steaming geothermal areas, and glacial valleys.

  • Join a small group & passionate Kiwi guide
  • 3 days / 2 nights all-inclusive New Zealand Great Walk
  • 3-7 hours hiking each day over varied terrain on formed trails
  • Your guides carry all food & cooking equipment
  • You carry a backpack with your clothing & sleeping bag
  • Includes: delicious meals and snacks; NZ wine; return transport from National Park or Whakapapa; hut accommodation; complimentary hire of sleeping bags, backpacks and raincoats; experienced, knowledgeable and fun guides!

Tongariro Northern Circuit Full Itinerary

Day One: Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Day Two: Oturere to Waihohonu Hut

Day Three: Waihohonu to Whakapapa Village

The Tongariro Northern Circuit hike goes well with the North Island's other Great Walk - Lake Waikaremoana Guided Walk.

Questions & Answers


You don’t need any multi-day hiking experience to do this trip, but you will need a good level of walking fitness and the ability to carry a backpack of approx 10kgs. If you’re a reasonably active person and have a sense of adventure you’ll love it! You’ll need to carry a backpack containing your lunch, sleeping bag, a change of clothes and personal items – the guides take care of the food and cooking equipment. You are encouraged to walk at your own pace, and to rest and enjoy the many spectacular lookouts as much as possible.


For this hike we stay in back-country huts. They have bunkrooms, separate dining areas, fresh drinking water, heating, outside toilets, and large verandahs to make the most of the spectacular wilderness locations! There is no electricity - dinner by candlelight adds to the special atmosphere.

If staying in a hut isn't your cup of tea, check out our lodge based Tongariro Hiking Tour.


Check out our Walk Calendar for scheduled trip departure dates. We can also run the Tongariro Northern Circuit on demand, so please contact us if none of the set dates suit you.
You can get to National Park or Whakapapa Village by train or bus, and we'll pick you up from there at around 8am. Contact us if you need any travel advice, or for our list of recommended accommodations for before and after the walk.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

Yes - we take a $300 deposit, per person, per walk at the time of booking. We use this deposit to pay for things like accommodation bookings at peak times. The remaining balance is due 1 month before departure, we'll send you a friendly reminder in advance! 

Credit cards and I do not get along. Can I pay by other means?

Absolutely, we also accept payment via online banking. When you book you will receive a booking confirmation email that contains our direct debit information. 

Life has other plans for me - I need to cancel my holiday! Can I get my deposit back?

We completely understand that sometimes the best laid plans go to waste. All is not lost! We can simply transfer you to another date of your choosing. There is no expiry date on transferring your deposit - you can use it anytime in the future! 

If transferring just isn't going to work for you we'll refund your money. The amount we can refund is determined by when you cancel your booking. Click here for our full terms and conditions, or email

Should I bring cash with me on the tour?

It's not essential, but it's a good alternative for when the electronic payment (EFTPOS) system we use in New Zealand is not working.

Our tours are all-inclusive and we'll take really good care of you but you may wish to treat yourself to an extra coffee or a real fruit ice cream when the opportunity arises! It's good to have a small amount of cash in your pocket to take care of this. 


Can I bring a suitcase?

For the Tongariro Northern Circuit it’s best to bring a camping or hiking pack as you’ll be carrying all of your own gear. Your guides will carry the food and equipment for the group. We can lend you one of our complimentary 40 or 70 litre hiking packs for the tour – just let us know you need one when you fill in the online booking form.

I'm driving myself to the departure point, where can I park my car?

We pick up in the following locations; Whakapapa Village and National Park Village. If you are self-driving, it's best to choose accommodation in these areas that are happy for you to leave your car in their parking lot while you are out on the trail with us.

We will happily drop you back to your car when we return. If you're taking a different route please check with our reservations team - we will help you find the best solution. Just send an email to

Will I need something nice to wear in the evenings?

No alternative evening attire is required on the Lake Waikaremoana Guided Walk or the Tongariro Northern Circuit as these are back country hut-based tours and all meals are served by your guides in the huts.

You may wish to bring a change of clothes to wear in the evenings in the huts and you're more than welcome to do so.

I have a specialty diet - can you cater for me?

Absolutely. We are happy to accommodate guests with specialty diets, we appreciate as much advance notice as possible. If we don't receive adequate advanced notice, we may not be able to fully cater for dietary needs as we sometimes operate in an extremely isolated environment and it is not always possible to access specialty foods. Please ensure you advise us as early as possible if you have dietary requirements.

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