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Tongariro Crossing Basin

Tongariro Northern Circuit

43.1 km / 4 days

The Tongariro Northern Circuit is considered challenging. Travel around the volcanic cone of Mt Ngauruhoe and below the volcanic cone of Mt Tongariro. These volcanos give this great walk a landscape like no other with crater lakes, jagged lava flow formations and volcanic cones.


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Your walk includes:

  • 6 days / 5 nights
  • 4 Day Walk with 3 nights in Department of Conservation Huts
  • Accommodation before and after walk at The Park Hotel, in Whakapapa National Park Village (twin share)
  • Transfers ex National Park to and from the walk

Department of Conservation Huts

  • These huts you stay in have all the essentials you need for shelter and cooking with sinks, gas cookers, cold water, tables, seating benches and wood burners for heating and as well as solar lighting
  • Pillows & linen are not provided in the communal bunkrooms
  • Ablution blocks have flush or vaulted toilets and washbasins with cold water only. Waterfalls or swimming holes will fulfil any desires for showers or baths along the track
  • A ranger is present at each Department of Conservation Hut

What should you bring?

  • Waterproof large pack
  • Toiletries including: soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, small towel
  • Sleeping bag and liner
  • First Aid Kit including: blister kit, insect repellent, sunscreen, pain relief and bandages, personal medication
  • Survival Kit including: survival blanket, whistle, paper, pencil, high energy snack
  • Matches
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • Large drink bottle
  • Camera, lightweight shoes for hut, earplugs
  • 2 – 3 sets of fast drying clothing. It isn't possible to dry clothing at the huts.
  • Walking / tramping boots
  • Warm wind and rain proof jacket
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sunhat, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Swimming costume(optional)
Note:These tours are valid for travel

2017 Season : 24 October 2017 to 28 April 2018

Currently fully booked over the following dates:

Prices are per person and are in New Zealand Dollars

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Itinerary

Itinerary

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Day 1Whakapapa Village to Mangatepopo Hut
Stunning views of both Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro greet walkers on their first day as they traverse a number of streams as they head past volcanic cones and lava flows. You pass by the base of a small volcano, Pukekaikiore, before reaching your first day’s destination, the Mangatepopo Valley and its hut.

8.5 km / 3–5 hours
Mangatepopo Valley Hut

Day 2Mangatepopo Hut to Oturere Hut
The option of a 3 hour side trip to the top of Mt Ngauruhoe (2287m) can be considered today if fine weather permits, otherwise take your time over lava flows and stop by Soda Springs before your climb up to the Mangatepopo Saddle. Here on a clear day you can view Mt Taranaki and the valley below you and you can decide whether a bid for the summit of Mt Ngauruhoe is possible. Once at Red Crater a ridge leads you to the Emerald Lakes. A steep descent over more lava flows takes you into the Oturere Valley and your hut.

12.8 km / 5 hours
Oturere Valley Hut

Day 3Oturere Hut to Waihohonu Hut
More stream valleys and volcanic gravel fields await you as you skirt around the foothills of Mt Ngauruhoe and more undulating terrain before climbing out of the Waihohonu Stream valley and over to the Waihohonu Hut.

7.5 km / 3 hours
Waihohonu Hut

Day 4Waihohonu Hut to Whakapapa Village
Head west along the Waihohonu Stream, and up toward the Tama Saddle. Once there head right to the Tama Lakes junction. A further climb of approximately 35 minutes to the upper lake and then returning to the junction should take an 1-1/2 hours. This will leave you with approximately two hours to your final destination at Whakapapa Village.

14.3 km / 5 hours
Whakapapa Village

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Reviews

Worth the effort!Review by Sally
Beautiful walk - worth the effort on the 2nd day to take the 3 hour side trip up to Mt Ngauruhoe at 2200m. (Posted on 9/26/2014)

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