Tongariro Northern Circuit

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Tongariro Northern Circuit
Emerald Lakes - panoramio (1).jpg
The Emerald Lakes
Length43.1 km (26.8 mi)
LocationTongariro National Park
DesignationGreat Walk
TrailheadsWhakapapa Villiage
Maintained byDepartment of Conservation
WebsiteTongariro Northern Circuit
Trail map

The Tongariro Northern Circuit, one of the New Zealand Great Walks, is a three- to four-day tramp in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand. The hike includes the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a day's march that incorporates the Northern Circuit's most stunning scenery. The complete trail forms a 50-kilometre (31 mi) long loop trail that circumnavigates Mount Ngauruhoe. Approximately 7,000 trampers complete the walk each year. This compares to the approximately 25,000 who walk only the Tongariro Crossing section.[1]


There are three New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) huts around the circuit - Mangatepopo, Oturere and Waihohonu. A fourth hut, Ketetahi, was damaged in the 2012 eruption and is now only a day shelter. It is forbidden to camp within 500 metres (1,600 ft) of the track.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ DuFresne, Jim (November 2002). Tramping in New Zealand (5th ed.). Victoria, Australia: Lonely Planet Publications Ply Ltd. pp. 121–127. ISBN 1-74059-234-4.

Coordinates: 39°08′44″S 175°37′29″E / 39.145667°S 175.624707°E / -39.145667; 175.624707