Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park
The Round the Mountain Track is a 4 - 6 day backcountry alpine adventure around Mount Ruapehu. It showcases the varied volcanic landscapes and alpine vegetation on the flanks of this active volcano and 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.
View the Round the Mountain brochure (PDF, 159K).
Winter conditions possible
Winter conditions: Possible snow / ice on the track. Check the current conditions before you go
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.
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.
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