Hiking The Tongariro Northern Circuit

The 11th most popular hiking trail in New Zealand.

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When in the Tongariro National Park, the 31 mile Tongariro Northern Circuit is a amazing three or four day tramp. Tongariro National Park is located in the central North Island of New Zealand. The nearest towns are Turangi, National Park and Ohakune. The Tongariro Northern Circuit circumnavigates Mt. Ngauruhoe (7,516 feet). Along this hiking route, you can expect to find a volcanic region with craters, mud pots and green volcanic lakes.

While the route typically starts in Whakapapa Village, you may want to start from Mangatepopo Road to better time the huts.

Overall, Tongariro Northern Circuit is the 11th most popular hiking trail of all 15 hikes in New Zealand.

Tongariro Northern Circuit Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Tongariro National Park 64-7-892-3729; New Zealand Tourism (800) 388-5494; Tongariro Expeditions.

Recommended Book:  "Tramping in New Zealand" from Jim DuFresne

Recommended Map:  "New Zealand Adventure Map" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  The Park Travellers Lodge +64 7 8922 748

Luxury Loding:  Bayview Chateau Tongariro; Terraces Hotel; Waitakere Estate

GPS:  -39.199837, 175.54277

Date Published:  12/28/2015

Date Updated:  7/29/2016

ID:  21132

Tongariro Northern Circuit Hiking Map


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