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Explore the volcanic heart of Tongariro National Park, a landscape of stark glacial contrasts and alpine views.


  • Journey through dramatic (and active!) volcanic landscapes, glacial valleys, native beech forest, alpine meadows and emerald coloured lakes

  • This path winds its way past Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe

  • Explore a World Heritage Area of natural and cultural significance

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Track overview

43.1 km loop

Walking and tramping

3-4 days Intermediate: Great Walk/Easier tramping track

Seasonal restrictions

In the Great Walks season (23 October 2015 - 30 April 2016):

  • Bookings are required for huts and campsites
  • Huts have gas cooking stoves and resident wardens

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2016 - 20 October 2016):

  • Facilities are greatly reduced
  • Avalanche risk exists
  • Experience is required
  • Bookings are not required - huts and campsites are first come, first served

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 7 892 3729
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
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