Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park
The Round the Mountain Track is a 4 - 6 day backcountry alpine adventure around the active volcano Mount Ruapehu. It showcases the varied volcanic landscapes and alpine vegetation on the flanks of the North Island's highest mountain.
It is ideal for those seeking solitude, magnificent mountain views and a more remote, backcountry experience. There are six huts with campsites available.
Explore diverse landscapes ranging from mountain beech forest, tussock country and alpine herb fields; to glacial river gorges and gushing waterfalls; and the Rangipo Desert with its wind sculptured sands and volcanic rock.
Round the Mountain brochure (PDF, 159K)
Volcanic hazard / Unbridged river crossings
Mount Ruapehu is an active volcano. Eruptions can happen at any time without warning. Know the volcanic risks and what to do in an eruption
Whangaehu and Whakapapaiti valleys are lahar paths. It is recommended not to linger in these valleys
Unbridged river crossings are required
Find out about the features of the Round the Mountain track.
A guide of the Round the Mountain Track and details on side trips possible from the track.
There are six huts on the Round the Mountain track: Waihohonu, Rangipo, Mangaehuehu, Blyth, Mangaturuturu and Whakapapaiti. Backcountry tickets or passes are required.
Find out about getting there, booking and other information you need to plan a safe trip.
Be sure you have the correct clothing and equipment with you to do the Round the Mountain Track.
When planning your hiking trip on the challenging Round the Mountain Track, be sure you are aware of relevant safety information so you can prepare well.
Tongariro is New Zealand's oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area. This status recognises the park's important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features.
Find out about hiking the Round the Mountain Track in the winter season.
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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
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