Tongariro National Park

Top Adventures in Tongariro National Park

  • Hike Mt. Urchin Track

    It is recommended to do this hike on a clear day if you would like to have good views from Urchin Trig. We did it on a cloudy and misty day and although the hike was still awesome, the top was shrouded in a heavy layer of mist. We could not contin...

    4.3 miles 1870.1 ft gain

  • Hike Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    To anyone who has seen The Lord of the Rings then you will have a little extra incentive for going on this one of a kind trek through Mordor (Northern New Zealand in reality). The backdrop for a good portion of the trek showcases the mighty Mt. Ng...

    12.1 miles 3674.5 ft gain

  • Climb Mount Ngauruhoe

    I may be crushin' dreams, but Mount Doom isn't actually the real name of the mountain Frodo climbed to destroy the ring (sorry LOTR fans), but the actual mountain does exist and it's called Mount Ngauruhoe! Located in the Tongariro National Park o...

    11.8 miles 3805.8 ft gain

  • Paddle and Camp at Lake Taupō!

    It lacks salt, but Lake Taupō is quickly becoming one of the favorite places to visit on the weekends. An easy 3.5-hour drive south from Auckland, Lake Taupō is Australasia's largest lake and roughly the same size as Singapore. The Romans and Chin...

  • Hike the Taranaki Falls Loop

    The walk starts with red tussock grass. After a short distance, you will walk into alpine shrub. The track up to the falls is a very gradual incline. To get to the lower falls, a long staircase through a forest of toatoa trees provides a quick des...

    4 miles 377.3 ft gain

  • Backpack to Tama Lakes

    The Tama Lakes trail can be walked easily as a day hike but we chose to overnight to escape the crowds (very popular hike) and fully enjoy the landscape, as well as the beautiful stars, sunrise and sunset. We walked the track in early winter (June...

    10.6 miles 1312.3 ft gain

  • Hike the Ridge Walking Track

    The trail for this hike starts next to the bathrooms that are about 150m down the road (south) from the Whakapapa Visitor Center. If you're standing in the road looking at the bathrooms, the trail head is to the right. You will be going uphill the...

    0.75 miles

  • Hike Mt. Ngauruhoe & the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    Starting at the Tongariro Crossing Alpine carpark Mangatepopo (1120 m) you walk passing by the Soda Springs (last toilet for a long time!) up to the South Crater which will take you about 2-2.5 hours. From here you can take a side trip to Mount Ng...

    14.9 miles 4101.1 ft gain

  • Backpack the Tongariro Northern Circuit

    Most people visiting Togariro National park do the 1 day Alpine Crossing. I opted to do the full circuit, a 27 mile hike that takes you all the way around the prominent summit of Mt. Ngaroe.I traveled the trail clockwise, leaving from Whakapapa Vi...

    26.7 miles

  • Hike to Huka Falls

    This hike begins in the Spa Thermal Park and there is one clear path to follow. After a couple minutes there is a bridge that crosses over a small section of the lake. This section of the lake is formed by several hot pools and is a great place ...

    3.7 miles

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