Central North Island region

Walkers above Emerald Lakes on the Tongariro Northern Circuit

Bookings for the period 23 October 2015 - 30 April 2016 will open on Thursday 19 February 2015 at 10 am.

Winding its way around the active volcanoes Tongariro and Ngauruhoe is the Tongariro Northern Circuit, one of New Zealand's Great Walks. See active volcanic craters, brilliant blue lakes, steaming geothermal areas and glacial valleys in this Dual World Heritage Area.

The Tongariro Northern Circuit is 43.1 km and takes 3 - 4 days to walk. It is well formed and well marked, and in summer is suitable for people with moderate fitness and limited experience.

Located in Tongariro National Park in the central North Island, the nearest towns are National Park Village, Turangi, Ohakune and Waiouru, in addition to Whakapapa Village - the main entrance point.

Tongariro Northern Circuit brochure (PDF, 3,180K)

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Great Walks season: 24 October 2014 - 30 April 2015

Alert/Important notice

 Volcanic hazard

Volcanic hazard remains in the Active Volcanic Hazard Zone on the northern side of Mount Tongariro, and Mount Ngauruhoe is an active volcano. Eruptions can happen at any time without warning.Observe the warning signs in place. Know the volcanic risks and what to do in an eruption.

Great Walk/Easier tramping track Great Walk/Easier tramping track


3-4 days


43.1 km

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Central North Island places


Turangi Office
Phone:      +64 7 384 7106
Email:   taupo@doc.govt.nz
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