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Multi Day Hikes

Multiday Tramping is a great way to share an adventure with friends and family. It doesn't take long to plan a tramp and this guide is intended to help people with some tramping experience who want to extend their skills and knowledge.

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.

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Round the Mountain Track

This multi day walk follows widely diverse terrain around the mountain, showcasing the full spectrum of varied volcanic landscapes and alpine vegetation on the flanks of Mount Ruapehu. As a four to six day hike, there are six huts with campsites available for overnight stays: Waihohonu, Rangipo, Mangaehuehu, Blyth, Mangaturuturu and Whakapapaiti. Waihohonu Hut and Campsite require advance booking in the Great Walks season, outside the Great Walks season, it is first come, first served.

The other huts and campsites are first come, first served all year round. From lush river valleys, to alpine peaks, rocky plateaus to a volcanic desert, the round the mountain track is a must for for any serious hiker. Landmarking with the huts along the way, the track can be broken into up to six parts: Whakapapa Village to Waihohonu Hut; Waihohonu Hut to Rangipo Hut; Rangipo Hut to Mangaehuehu Hut; Mangaehuehu Hut to Ohakune Mountain Road; Ohakune Mountain Road to Mangaturuturu Hut; Mangaturuturu Hut to Whakapapaiti Hut; and Whakapapaiti Hut to Whakapapa Village. 

For an in depth trail description of this Great Walk, go to the DOC site.

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