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. 

  • OVERVIEW
  • ITINERARY
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • IMPORTANT INFO

DAYS

3

KM

39

MILES

24

DIFFICULTY

4/5

ACCOMMODATION

Hut

PRICE

$990

Under 15 yrs 590 NZD

WALKING SEASON

DEC – APR

WALKING TOUR SUMMARY

The Tongariro Northern Circuit is a North Island Great Walk. Take 3 days to hike around the Central Plateau’s 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!

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

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

DAY 1

National Park to Oturere Hut, via the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

We’ll pick you up around 8am from National Park or Whakapapa Village. Call the Walking Legends office the day before to confirm your exact pick-up details, and for an update on weather conditions.

The track follows Mangatepopo stream up the valley, climbing over a succession of old lava flows from Mt Ngauruhoe. A steady climb to the Mangatepopo 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 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 thetrack, 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, which fill old explosion pits.

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

DAY 2

Oturere Hut to Waihohonu Hut

After a hearty cooked breakfast 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 Rangipo Desert (NZ’s only desert) and 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 is in the next valley. With huge windows to capture the spectacular views and a fire to warm our toes by, the Waihohonu Hut is certainly home away from home!

After lunch we can explore the Ohinepango freshwater springs 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 – if you’re as keen as our guides!

DAY 3

Waihohonu Traverse to Whakapapa Village

This morning we’ll follow the Waihohonu Stream up a valley and ascend beyond the tree line 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 to the striking Tama Lakes, two in-filled explosion craters.

After a short 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 to Whakapapa village where we’ll celebrate the end of the hike with lunch and a cold brew!

Approx. drop-off time in National Park or Whakapapa Village: 2pm

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.

FAQ

Crackers and Cheese at Hush
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 are not super formal occasions, so…
Snow
Fitness
You don’t need any multi-day hiking experience to do…
Taranaki Falls
Do I Need To Bring Cash?
No, cash is not essential, but you’re welcome to…
Go Team
Can I Bring A Suitcase?
For the Tongariro Northern Circuit it’s best to bring…
croppedimage630338-033-Good-Morning-Ngauruhoe
Can Non-Walkers Join This Trip?
If someone in your group is not a keen…
croppedimage630338-3
Accommodation
For this hike we stay in back-country huts. They…
croppedimage630338-20121031152334
Weather Conditions and Itinerary Changes
The Tongariro National Park is a unique and changeable…
croppedimage630338-2
How Do I Get Here?
The Tongariro Northern Circuit walk departs once or twice…
croppedimage630338-20121030143232
Meals
This is a fully catered walk, we’ll take care…

DAYS

3

KM

39

MILES

24

DIFFICULTY

4/5

ACCOMMODATION

Hut

PRICE

$990

Under 15 yrs 590 NZD

WALKING SEASON

DEC – APR

WALKING TOUR SUMMARY

The Tongariro Northern Circuit is a North Island Great Walk. Take 3 days to hike around the Central Plateau’s 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!

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

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

DAY 1

National Park to Oturere Hut, via the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

We’ll pick you up around 8am from National Park or Whakapapa Village. Call the Walking Legends office the day before to confirm your exact pick-up details, and for an update on weather conditions.

The track follows Mangatepopo stream up the valley, climbing over a succession of old lava flows from Mt Ngauruhoe. A steady climb to the Mangatepopo 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 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 thetrack, 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, which fill old explosion pits.

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

DAY 2

Oturere Hut to Waihohonu Hut

After a hearty cooked breakfast 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 Rangipo Desert (NZ’s only desert) and 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 is in the next valley. With huge windows to capture the spectacular views and a fire to warm our toes by, the Waihohonu Hut is certainly home away from home!

After lunch we can explore the Ohinepango freshwater springs 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 – if you’re as keen as our guides!

DAY 3

Waihohonu Traverse to Whakapapa Village

This morning we’ll follow the Waihohonu Stream up a valley and ascend beyond the tree line 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 to the striking Tama Lakes, two in-filled explosion craters.

After a short 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 to Whakapapa village where we’ll celebrate the end of the hike with lunch and a cold brew!

Approx. drop-off time in National Park or Whakapapa Village: 2pm

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.

FAQ

Crackers and Cheese at Hush
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 are not super formal occasions, so…
Snow
Fitness
You don’t need any multi-day hiking experience to do…
Taranaki Falls
Do I Need To Bring Cash?
No, cash is not essential, but you’re welcome to…
Go Team
Can I Bring A Suitcase?
For the Tongariro Northern Circuit it’s best to bring…
croppedimage630338-033-Good-Morning-Ngauruhoe
Can Non-Walkers Join This Trip?
If someone in your group is not a keen…
croppedimage630338-3
Accommodation
For this hike we stay in back-country huts. They…
croppedimage630338-20121031152334
Weather Conditions and Itinerary Changes
The Tongariro National Park is a unique and changeable…
croppedimage630338-2
How Do I Get Here?
The Tongariro Northern Circuit walk departs once or twice…
croppedimage630338-20121030143232
Meals
This is a fully catered walk, we’ll take care…

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