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Journey through dramatic (and active!) volcanic landscapes, glacial valleys, native beech forest, alpine meadows and emerald-coloured lakes as you wind past Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe.
You can walk the full circuit in either direction. Most people take 3 or 4 days, with 2 or 3 overnight stays. Very fit people can walk it in 2 days, but each day is at least 8 hours.
The time it takes you to walk between huts may be less or more than the stated time. Your fitness level and weather conditions affect how long it takes.
There is a range of shorter walking opportunities, suitable for the whole family and for those with less time available. You can do a walk for a few hours or a whole day or an overnight stay in one of the huts or campsites.
There are three huts, with campsites close by on the Tongariro Northern Circuit: Mangatepopo, Oturere and Waihohonu.
Ketetahi hut and campsite are no longer available for accommodation following damage in the August 2012 volcanic eruption.
Huts and campsites must be booked in advance in the Great Walks season. Outside the Great Walks season, it is first come, first served.
Camping is not allowed within 500 metres of the Tongariro Northern Circuit Track.
In the Great Walks season (23 October 2020 – 30 April 2021):
Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2020 – 22 October 2020):
Contact the Taupo or Turangi visitor information centre for the latest weather conditions, transport options, and hut bookings.
Find out everything you need to plan for this track and others in Tongariro National Park on Plan My Walk
|Time||3 - 4 days|
|Transport & guides||Yes. Click here for more information|
|Dog access||No dogs|