Central North Island region

Emerald Lakes.

View of the Emerald Lakes on Mt Tongariro

Central North Island region map.

The world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing track is an awesome one day adventure, walking across active volcanoes, with spectacular and unique volcanic terrain.

You can see a cold mountain spring, old lava flows, active volcanic craters and thermal steam vents, not to mention the brilliant emerald and blue lakes - and beautiful native forest to finish.

See the special alpine flora and fauna of the Tongariro National Park, and magnificent views to mountains and lakes of the central North Island.

The Crossing is a day-hike section of the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing brochure (available in English, German and French)

Alert/Important notice

 Volcanic hazard

Volcanic hazard - Eruption hazard remains in the Active Volcanic Hazard Zone on the northern side of Mount Tongariro. Observe the warning signs in place. Know the volcanic risks and what to do in an eruption.

Tramping trackTramping track


6 to 8 hr


19.4 km

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Central North Island places


Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 7 892 3729
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
Email:   tongarirovc@doc.govt.nz
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