South Crater in July
Image: DOC



From late October to April, explore the volcanic heart of Tongariro National Park, a landscape of stark glacial contrasts and alpine views. From May to late October, it can be cold and wet, with ice, snow, avalanches and short daylight hours - only go if you have navigation and alpine skills.

Bookings are not required for Tongariro Northern Circuit huts outside the Great Walk season (May to late October). During this time huts are first come, first served. Fees still apply.

Bookings are open for the 2024/25 Great Walk season.

44.9 km loop

Seasonal restrictions

In the Great Walks season (25 October 2024 – 30 April 2025)

Best time to walk the track - there are more facilities and fewer hazards. Bookings are required for huts and campsites. Intermediate track category. 

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May – 24 October)

Walking the track should only be attempted by fit, experienced and well-equipped people - facilities are greatly reduced and there are additional hazards. Advanced and expert track categories. Hut bookings are not required. Huts are first come, first served but fees still apply.

Stay safe in the outdoors

  1. Choose the right trip for you. Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.
  2. Understand the weather. Check weather forecasts
  3. Pack warm clothes and extra food. Check gear lists
  4. Share your plans and take ways to get help. Share directly or use the Outdoor Intentions form or Plan My Walk. Take a distress beacon. 
  5. Take care of yourself and each other.


Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone +64 7 892 3729
Address Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu 3083
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