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 Central North Island wilderness can offer.
Over the four day journey you’ll travel through a landscape of stark contrasts, with phenomenal views completely unique to this World Heritage site National Park. Meandering by Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe, 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 Taupo 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 and in depth day-by-day descriptions of the trail sections, check out the DOC site.