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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)