Central North Island region

Walkers above Emerald Lakes on the Tongariro Northern Circuit

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Winding its way around the active volcanoes Tongariro and Ngauruhoe is the Tongariro Northern Circuit, one of New Zealand's Great Walks. See active volcanic craters, brilliant blue lakes, steaming geothermal areas and glacial valleys in this Dual World Heritage Area.

The Tongariro Northern Circuit is 43.1 km and takes 3 - 4 days to walk. It is well formed and well marked, and in summer is suitable for people with moderate fitness and limited experience.

Located in Tongariro National Park in the central North Island, the nearest towns are National Park Village, Turangi, Ohakune and Waiouru, in addition to Whakapapa Village - the main entrance point.

Tongariro Northern Circuit brochure (PDF, 3,456K)

Alert/Important notice

 Winter season / Volcanic hazard

Winter season

  • Snow and ice conditions exist. Alpine equipment and experience is required.
  • Avalanche hazard exists. Avalanche equipment and skills required.
  • Sub-zero temperatures are likely.
  • See Winter hiking for more details.
  • No gas stoves or hut rangers. Hut tickets or passes required.

Volcanic 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

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Time:  

3-4 days

Distance:  

43.1 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

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Contacts

Turangi Office
Phone:      +64 7 384 7106
Email:   tnat@doc.govt.nz
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