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Awesome, exposed tramp amidst the North Island Volcanoes

Northern Circuit is an amazing trip. It's quite a different great walk as the huts are smaller... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2018
Auckland, NZ
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A big thank you to all those on the Tongariro Northern Circuit early March who helped both my... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2018
David I
Auckland, New Zealand
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Great Walks season is October - April (see website for exact dates). Outside this period facilities are greatly reduced and there are additional safety hazards to consider. Always check the website for changes that might affect your trip. See...more
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| Ngauruhoe Terrace, Tongariro National Park 3989, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Northern Circuit is an amazing trip. It's quite a different great walk as the huts are smaller (apart from Waihohonu Hut which is amazing) and the terrain is really different - very little bush and very open. The walk includes the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

A big thank you to all those on the Tongariro Northern Circuit early March who helped both my friend and I. We were one hour from completing the circuit when a passing nurse decided my friend was in difficulty, she was right. The support from...More

3  Thank David I
Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

We had a great 4 days/3 nights hiking this circuit. The actual Tongariro crossing is quite challenging, but well worth it! Highly recommend it. Note: the huts are very different! One of them (the one starting with O..) is too small for the number of...More

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Reviewed 27 January 2018

I had a fabulous time doing the Circuit clockwise (Whakapapa - Mangatepopo - Oturere - Waihohonu - Whakapapa) over four days and three nights. Those of us walking across these days were blessed with perfect weather and admittedly it might not have been quite so...More

2  Thank Joanne H
Reviewed 9 January 2018

We did this walk in the reverse direction in Dec 2017. I think it is a good option as you aren't walking with any other people and feel like you are the only ones doing the walk. I don't believe it is any harder in...More

1  Thank Arlene H
Reviewed 30 November 2017

I did this walk from Mangatepopo Hut to Whakapapa Village with a few friends a few weeks back near the beginning of November. We took 4 days and 3 nights, staying at Mangatepopo Hut, Oturere Hut and Waihohonu Hut in this order. The huts were...More

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Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

We did the Northern Circuit in 3 days, counterclockwise, which was an excellent choice! This way, we avoided the crowds at the maximum we could. We also had a quite "late" begin the 1st day, around 9.30 am, which really helped us seeing almost no one...More

1  Thank Fabien C
Reviewed 13 October 2017

My friends and I did this walk over three days and had a great time. The walk was well marked and the huts were great.

Thank David C
Reviewed 29 April 2017

This is one of NZ's great walks for good reason!!! WOW!!! I knew I was pushing my fitness boundaries and having vertigo means it was scary at times but what a massive sense of achievement you get! The views were out of this world and...More

1  Thank Cathrine M
Reviewed 18 April 2017

I did this with my 2 teenage boys. (12 and 14 at the time) and it was excellent. We took 3 days and 2 nights. Nothing too arduous but still challenging. Well worth doing. Huts were crowded but fine. Views amazing.

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Response from Joanne H | Reviewed this property |
Hi Ivy - it's not *really* difficult but it is challenging, especially the day when you cross the volcanoes (day two if you're walking from Whakapapa to Waihohonu, or day three if you are walking in the other direction... More