Duration 3-4 days
Distance 43km
Huts $32 per adult per night. Kids 17 and under stay free!
Great Walks Season 21 October 2016 to 30 April 2017
Location Tongariro National Park, central North Island
Nearest towns Taupo, Turangi, Ohakune, Waiouru
Nearest airport Taupo

Tongariro National Park, is the closest national park to Auckland, and is very accessible from State Highway (SH1). The national park provides the backdrop for your alpine adventure with a landscape of stark contrasts and amazing views at every turn. This circular Great Walk starts near Whakapapa Village.


  • Walk across active volcanoes! The three volcanoes at the heart of the park are the mountains - Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu.
  • Journey to Middle Earth. Tongariro National Park provided the stunning backdrop for several filming locations for both the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies including Ithilien, Mordor and the Gates of Mordor.
  • Take the turn off to Tama Lakes from the main track. The two lakes, in filled explosion craters, are named after the high chief Tamatea, who explored the area six centuries ago.
Great Walks - Tongariro Northern Circuit, New Zealand.


Find out more in the Tongariro Northern Circuit brochure.

Things to know before you go

It is important to plan and prepare your trip and be well equipped on a Great Walk. For a full list of the equipment and preparation required for the Tongariro Northern Circuit Track, plus the latest track updates and information on getting there, please visit the Department of Conservation website.

Safety is your responsibility - It is important that you check in with the nearest DOC Visitor Centre prior to beginning your walk. For detailed safety information, including tramping conditions in New Zealand and The Outdoor Safety Code – 5 simple rules to help you stay safe - visit www.adventuresmart.org.nz.

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More info: www.greatwalks.co.nz