Tongariro Northern Circuit
From the desert-like plateau, through alpine herb fields and lush forests to tranquil alpine lakes, the Tongariro Northern Circuit showcases just about everything that the Central North Island's wilderness can offer.
Over the four-day journey you’ll travel through a landscape of stark contrasts, with phenomenal views completely unique to this dual UNESCO World Heritage site. Meandering by Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngāuruhoe, you will be struck by the volcanic landscapes, gaining a close-up view of New Zealand's geological and formative history. Within view of parts of the track is Lake Taupō to the north, the Kaimanawa mountain range to the east, and on a clear day, you can catch a glimpse of Mount Taranaki, regally marking the western edge of the North Island.
Overnighting in huts on the way, the Tongariro Northern Circuit can be walked over two to four days in either direction. The track is well marked and signposted, but some sections may be steep, rough or muddy. For inexperienced hikers, you can easily employ the services of an experienced guide, they can let you know of the pitfalls of the track and give valuable local insight into the historical and natural features of the area.
For more information about the trail sections and to book your huts, check out the Department of Conservation's website.