Tongariro Northern Circuit

Tongariro Northern Circuit

January 15, 2020


The Tongariro Northern Circuit is one of New Zealand's most popular walks in the North Island. The circuit which is over 3-4 days takes you through some of the most amazing landscapes, from the emerald lakes to rocky deserts and native New Zealand bush. 

Start your packing list! Organise your meals for your trip well in advance.


Day 1: Whakapapa Village to Mangatepopo Hut
4 hours, 9.4 km

  • Mount Ngauruhoe on the right
  • Pukekaikiore (One of Tongariro’s steam vent)

    Day 2: Mangatepopo Hut to Oturere Hut
    5 hours,12 km
    • Climb up Te Arawhata 
    • Red Crater
    • Tongariro Alpine Crossing
    • Emerald Lakes (Ngā Rotopounamu)
    • Side trip (30-minute return) - Blue Lake
    • Oturere valley


    Day 3: Oturere Hut to Waihohonu Hut 
    3 hours, 8.1km 
    • Waihohonu Stream
    • Base of Mount Ngauruhoe


    Day 4: Waihohonu Hut to Whakapapa Village 
    5 hours 45 min, 15.4km 
    • Mount Ngauruhoe on your right
    • Mount Ruapehu on your left
    • Tama lakes (Ngā Puna a Tama)
    • Taranaki Falls
    • Whakapapa Village


    Book the shuttle to and from the track
    One way shuttles to the Mangatepopo car park, Whakapapa Village and back to National Park Village. $20 one way. Click here
    For more tips read reviews of this journey on TripAdvisor 
    Click here

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