TONGARIRO NORTHERN CIRCUIT

A hike of extremes and surprises. A 3 day guided hike around the alpine volcanoes Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu.

DAYS

3

KM

36

MILES

22

DIFFICULTY

4/5

ACCOMMODATION

Hut

PRICE

$1450

Under 15 yrs 1090 NZD

WALKING SEASON

DEC – APR

WALKING TOUR SUMMARY

The Tongariro Northern Circuit is one of New Zealand’s 10 Great Walks. Take 3 days to hike a 36km loop around the Central Plateau’s active 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 & cutlery kit
  • Includes: delicious meals and snacks; NZ wine; return transport from National Park; DOC hut accommodation; complimentary hire of sleeping bags, backpacks and raincoats; experienced and fun guides!
Mt. Tongariro, Mt. Ngauruhoe and Mt. Ruapehu are all considered to be active volcanoes. They are all closely monitored by various government agencies. Your safety is our top priority. We check the up-to-date volcanic alert level status, on the GeoNet website, both before departure and each day during the trip. As a Tongariro National Park approved operator, we are also included in additional notification systems from the Department of Conservation.

 “An awesome hiking experience in the Tongariro National Park.”

PETER, Tongariro Northern Circuit

“Outstanding. Loved the food! Great attention to detail – right through to the drinks and chips at the end! That was perfect.”

KIRSTIN, Tongariro Northern Circuit

“I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, thanks very much! Stellar effort to our guide for carrying all the food and wine for the whole group!”

TONY, Tongariro Northern Circuit

A hike of extremes and surprises! A 3-day, guided New Zealand Great Walk around the alpine volcanoes Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu.

DAY 1

National Park Village to Oturere Hut, via the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

We’ll pick you up between 7.30am and 7.45am from your accommodation in National Park Village. We’ll give you a call the day before to confirm your exact pick-up details, and for an update on weather conditions. From National Park Village, we’ll travel just 15 minutes to Mangatepōpō to begin the walk.

The Tongariro Northern Circuit track follows Mangatepōpō Stream up the valley, climbing over a succession of old lava flows from Mt. Ngauruhoe. A steady climb to the Mangatepōpō Saddle rewards us with views of the valley and if clear, Mt Taranaki to the west. From the saddle, the track crosses South Crater, a large plateau sandwiched between Mt Tongariro and the classic conical peak of Mt Ngauruhoe (aka Mt Doom). 

This is part of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track, one of the world’s best walks, and you’ll definitely need to keep your camera handy! A quick scramble up to reach the highest point of the track, and we are rewarded with mind-blowing views over the North Island – not to mention the incredible Mars-like landscape immediately surrounding us! Red Crater is a sight to behold with its spectacular magma formations underneath the rim. We’ll take our time to soak up the vistas and recharge with a wholesome lunch amidst this volcanic wonderland. We then skirt along the crater rim and drop down to the brilliantly-coloured Emerald Lakes, aquamarine pools filling old explosion pits.

From Emerald Lakes, the track descends east into the Oturere Valley and weaves through unusual jagged lava forms from early eruptions from Red Crater. We’ll arrive at Oturere Hut, a magical place to visit especially on a misty day, nestled on the eastern edge of these flows. This is the best spot for sunsets in the Tongariro National Park!

DAY 2

Oturere Hut to Waihohonu Hut

After a healthy breakfast, prepared by your guides, we traverse the lunar landscapes of the eastern side of Mt Ngauruhoe.

There are some awesome photo opportunities here with expansive views across old lava fields to the Rangipō Desert, New Zealands only desert, and the Kaimanawa mountains, with the snow-capped hulk of Mt Ruapehu as a stunning backdrop.

The track gradually sidles around the foothills of Mt. Ngauruhoe, descending into a valley and crossing a branch of the Waihohonu Stream. We continue through a beech clad valley before climbing towards the ridge top. Waihohonu Hut, our home for the second night, is in the next valley. With huge windows to capture the spectacular views and a fire to warm our toes by, Waihohonu Hut is certainly home away from home!

After lunch, we can explore the Ohinepango freshwater springs or the old, historic Waihohonu Hut and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in this splendid setting. These amazing springs are crystal clear and absolutely freezing after percolating through the earth for thousands of years. You can have a very memorable swim here and enjoy the freshest water you’ve ever tasted.

DAY 3

Waihohonu Traverse to Whakapapa Village

This morning we’ll follow the Waihohonu Stream up a valley and ascend beyond the treeline once again towards the Tama Saddle. The track passes through lovely pockets of native forest and open tussock fields with great views of Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu. From the saddle there is a very worthwhile side trip up to the striking Tama Lakes, two in-filled explosion craters.

After a short lunch break, we’ll head down the western side of the saddle to Taranaki Falls. Tumbling 20 metres over the edge of an old lava flow, this waterfall packs a real punch, sending spray right across the large boulder-ringed pool at the bottom. The end of the trail brings us back to Whakapapa Village where we’ll celebrate the end of the hike with some snacks and a cold brew!

You can farewell us at Whakapapa Village or we can return you safely to National Park Village between 2pm and 3pm.

On this New Zealand Great Walk experience, we’ll stay in two back-country, Department of Conservation huts, Oturere Hut on night one and Waihohonu Hut (pictured left) on night two.

These huts have communal bunkrooms with slab-style timber bunk beds, separate dining areas, drinking water on tap, wood-fire heating, pit-style toilets located outside but close to the hut, and large verandahs to make the most of the spectacular wilderness locations! There is no electricity for charging batteries, so it’s a good idea to bring a battery bank for your mobile phone.  The lack of modern technology and conveniences really adds to the special atmosphere.

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

We supply

  • Generous, nutritious meals full of fresh, local produce; packed picnic lunches with the best sandwiches you’ve ever eaten, trail snacks & chocolate; fresh fruit, hot & cold drinks
  • Complimentary glass of crisp Kiwi wine per person, each evening
  • Plates, cutlery & mugs: we supply you with a lightweight cutlery kit to carry
  • Toilet paper, soap & hand sanitiser

What else do you need to know?

  • Minimum group size: 6 walkers required to confirm a departure
  • There are no drying rooms available but plenty of wide, covered verandahs for drying wet gear
  • Specialty diets; we can cater for a wide range of food allergies and specialty diets with sufficient advance notice. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have specific dietary needs and we’ll make sure you’re well taken care of!
  • Sorry, the use of drones is not permitted
  • You are welcome to bring your own alcohol if you wish; we ask that you drink responsibly

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Accommodation

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Weather Conditions and Itinerary Changes

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Meals

The Tongariro Northern Circuit is a fully catered walk,…

DAYS

3

KM

36

MILES

22

DIFFICULTY

4/5

ACCOMMODATION

Hut

PRICE

$1450

Under 15 yrs 1090 NZD

WALKING SEASON

DEC – APR

WALKING TOUR SUMMARY

The Tongariro Northern Circuit is one of New Zealand’s 10 Great Walks. Take 3 days to hike a 36km loop around the Central Plateau’s active 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 & cutlery kit
  • Includes: delicious meals and snacks; NZ wine; return transport from National Park; DOC hut accommodation; complimentary hire of sleeping bags, backpacks and raincoats; experienced and fun guides!
Mt. Tongariro, Mt. Ngauruhoe and Mt. Ruapehu are all considered to be active volcanoes. They are all closely monitored by various government agencies. Your safety is our top priority. We check the up-to-date volcanic alert level status, on the GeoNet website, both before departure and each day during the trip. As a Tongariro National Park approved operator, we are also included in additional notification systems from the Department of Conservation.

 “An awesome hiking experience in the Tongariro National Park.”

PETER, Tongariro Northern Circuit

“Outstanding. Loved the food! Great attention to detail – right through to the drinks and chips at the end! That was perfect.”

KIRSTIN, Tongariro Northern Circuit

“I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, thanks very much! Stellar effort to our guide for carrying all the food and wine for the whole group!”

TONY, Tongariro Northern Circuit

A hike of extremes and surprises! A 3-day, guided New Zealand Great Walk around the alpine volcanoes Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu.

DAY 1

National Park Village to Oturere Hut, via the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

We’ll pick you up between 7.30am and 7.45am from your accommodation in National Park Village. We’ll give you a call the day before to confirm your exact pick-up details, and for an update on weather conditions. From National Park Village, we’ll travel just 15 minutes to Mangatepōpō to begin the walk.

The Tongariro Northern Circuit track follows Mangatepōpō Stream up the valley, climbing over a succession of old lava flows from Mt. Ngauruhoe. A steady climb to the Mangatepōpō Saddle rewards us with views of the valley and if clear, Mt Taranaki to the west. From the saddle, the track crosses South Crater, a large plateau sandwiched between Mt Tongariro and the classic conical peak of Mt Ngauruhoe (aka Mt Doom). 

This is part of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track, one of the world’s best walks, and you’ll definitely need to keep your camera handy! A quick scramble up to reach the highest point of the track, and we are rewarded with mind-blowing views over the North Island – not to mention the incredible Mars-like landscape immediately surrounding us! Red Crater is a sight to behold with its spectacular magma formations underneath the rim. We’ll take our time to soak up the vistas and recharge with a wholesome lunch amidst this volcanic wonderland. We then skirt along the crater rim and drop down to the brilliantly-coloured Emerald Lakes, aquamarine pools filling old explosion pits.

From Emerald Lakes, the track descends east into the Oturere Valley and weaves through unusual jagged lava forms from early eruptions from Red Crater. We’ll arrive at Oturere Hut, a magical place to visit especially on a misty day, nestled on the eastern edge of these flows. This is the best spot for sunsets in the Tongariro National Park!

DAY 2

Oturere Hut to Waihohonu Hut

After a healthy breakfast, prepared by your guides, we traverse the lunar landscapes of the eastern side of Mt Ngauruhoe.

There are some awesome photo opportunities here with expansive views across old lava fields to the Rangipō Desert, New Zealands only desert, and the Kaimanawa mountains, with the snow-capped hulk of Mt Ruapehu as a stunning backdrop.

The track gradually sidles around the foothills of Mt. Ngauruhoe, descending into a valley and crossing a branch of the Waihohonu Stream. We continue through a beech clad valley before climbing towards the ridge top. Waihohonu Hut, our home for the second night, is in the next valley. With huge windows to capture the spectacular views and a fire to warm our toes by, Waihohonu Hut is certainly home away from home!

After lunch, we can explore the Ohinepango freshwater springs or the old, historic Waihohonu Hut and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in this splendid setting. These amazing springs are crystal clear and absolutely freezing after percolating through the earth for thousands of years. You can have a very memorable swim here and enjoy the freshest water you’ve ever tasted.

DAY 3

Waihohonu Traverse to Whakapapa Village

This morning we’ll follow the Waihohonu Stream up a valley and ascend beyond the treeline once again towards the Tama Saddle. The track passes through lovely pockets of native forest and open tussock fields with great views of Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu. From the saddle there is a very worthwhile side trip up to the striking Tama Lakes, two in-filled explosion craters.

After a short lunch break, we’ll head down the western side of the saddle to Taranaki Falls. Tumbling 20 metres over the edge of an old lava flow, this waterfall packs a real punch, sending spray right across the large boulder-ringed pool at the bottom. The end of the trail brings us back to Whakapapa Village where we’ll celebrate the end of the hike with some snacks and a cold brew!

You can farewell us at Whakapapa Village or we can return you safely to National Park Village between 2pm and 3pm.

On this New Zealand Great Walk experience, we’ll stay in two back-country, Department of Conservation huts, Oturere Hut on night one and Waihohonu Hut (pictured left) on night two.

These huts have communal bunkrooms with slab-style timber bunk beds, separate dining areas, drinking water on tap, wood-fire heating, pit-style toilets located outside but close to the hut, and large verandahs to make the most of the spectacular wilderness locations! There is no electricity for charging batteries, so it’s a good idea to bring a battery bank for your mobile phone.  The lack of modern technology and conveniences really adds to the special atmosphere.

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

We supply

  • Generous, nutritious meals full of fresh, local produce; packed picnic lunches with the best sandwiches you’ve ever eaten, trail snacks & chocolate; fresh fruit, hot & cold drinks
  • Complimentary glass of crisp Kiwi wine per person, each evening
  • Plates, cutlery & mugs: we supply you with a lightweight cutlery kit to carry
  • Toilet paper, soap & hand sanitiser

What else do you need to know?

  • Minimum group size: 6 walkers required to confirm a departure
  • There are no drying rooms available but plenty of wide, covered verandahs for drying wet gear
  • Specialty diets; we can cater for a wide range of food allergies and specialty diets with sufficient advance notice. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have specific dietary needs and we’ll make sure you’re well taken care of!
  • Sorry, the use of drones is not permitted
  • You are welcome to bring your own alcohol if you wish; we ask that you drink responsibly

FAQ

Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk guided by Walking Legends

Where Can I Find Departure Dates?

The hiking season on the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great…
Tongariro Northern Circuit Emerald Lakes

How Much Weight Will I Be Carrying?

On the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk, we take…
Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk

Is there a maximum or minimum group size?

On the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk, we require…
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Do I Need To Pay In Full Now?

There’s no need to pay in full for the…
Delicious meals on the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk

Specialty Diets – Can You Cater For Me?

Absolutely. We are happy to accommodate guests with specialty…
WLE Resized_0001_Three Peaks

Should I Bring Something Nice To Wear In The Evenings?

Our shared dinners on the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great…
tongariro hiking tour meals

Fitness

You don’t need any multi-day hiking experience to do…
tips for solo travelers

Do I Need To Bring Cash?

No, cash is not essential, but you’re welcome to…
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Can I Bring A Suitcase?

For the Tongariro Northern Circuit it’s best to bring…
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Can Non-Walkers Join This Trip?

If someone in your group is not a keen…
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Accommodation

On the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk we stay…
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Weather Conditions and Itinerary Changes

The Tongariro National Park is a unique and changeable…

How Do I Get Here?

The Tongariro Northern Circuit walk departs once or twice…
Tongariro Northern Circuit guided walk package

Meals

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