Introduction

Find out about fees for the huts and campsites on the Tongariro Northern Circuit, and how to make reservations during the Great Walks season.

Walking seasons

In the Great Walks season (21 October 2017 - 30 April 2018):

  • huts and campsites must be booked in advance
  • fees are paid at the time of booking.

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2017 - 20 October 2017):

  • huts and campsites are first come, first served
  • fees are paid with a Backcountry Hut Pass or Hut Tickets.

Fees

Fees are charged per person, per night to stay in huts or campsites on the Tongariro Northern Circuit. There are no fees to complete a day walk on the track or for entry into the Tongariro National Park.

Huts

In the Great Walks season (21 October 2017 - 30 April 2018):

  • Adult (18+ years): $36 per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2017 - 20 October 2017):

  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free
Campsites

In the Great Walks season (21 October 2017 - 30 April 2018):

  • Adult (18+ years): $14 per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2017 - 20 October 2017):

  • Adult (18+ years): $5 per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free
Discounts

A 10% discount is available to members, staff and instructors of the following organisations, who also hold a valid 12 month Backcountry Hut Pass: NZ Mountain Safety Council; NZ Federated Mountain Clubs; NZ Deer Stalkers Association; NZ Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR); Scouts New Zealand; GirlGuiding NZ.

Discounts are not available online. To receive the discount we need to sight your membership card and Backcountry Hut Pass, so please visit a DOC visitor centre in person. If you get a discount you won't be charged a booking fee.

What to book

Before you start your Tongariro Northern Circuit walk:

  • You need to book huts and/or campsites on the track if you’re walking in the peak season between October and April (bookings are not required if you’re walking in the off-peak season).
  • You can choose to book transport to Mangatepopo Road end - an alternative to a three hour walk along the track.

How to book


Bookings are open for the trips from 20 October 2017 to 30 April 2018.

Follow this step-by-step process to guide you through booking your Tongariro Northern Circuit walk:

  1. Decide whether you want to walk clockwise or anti-clockwise.

  2. Decide what huts or campsites you want to stay at. Consider:

  3. Decide the date you want to stay at each hut/campsite. Note there is a maximum number of nights you can at each:
    • Peak season: maximum 2 nights at huts and campsites
    • Off-peak season: maximum 3 nights at huts, 5 nights at campsites

  4. Check availability of huts and campsites on the dates you want to stay. If there is no space in one of the huts/campsites you want to stay at, consider:
    • Starting your walk on a different date
    • Re-arranging your walk to use a different combination of huts/campsites

  5. Optional: Check the availability of transport services on your desired date. Find shuttle services for the Tongariro Northern Circuit

  6. Book huts/campsites online or contact a DOC visitor centre or a local i-SITE for personal assistance. Note:
    • Bookings are required for children and/or youth even though it's free for them to stay.
    • If you’re booking campsites, you’ll need to know the number of people in your group as well as the number of tent sites required.

  7. Optional: Book transport to/from Mangetepopo Road end to shorten your walk. Find shuttle services for the Tongariro Northern Circuit

Terms and conditions

Read the booking terms and conditions for general information, age ranges, prices, discounts, penalty rates and the alterations and cancellations policies. Bookings not meeting the terms and conditions will be treated as invalid and cancelled.

Booking on behalf of others

Guided groups

To operate a commercial activity in an area managed by the Department of Conservation, you will need to apply for a concession (an official permit), in addition to any bookings you would need to make. Read more about concessions 

Booking on behalf of others

To make multiple bookings for facilities/services on behalf of customers, you must obtain permission or an agent agreement from the Department of Conservation. To do this, email: agents@doc.govt.nz 

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