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The Best Camping in Tongariro National Park

Looking for the best camping in Tongariro National Park? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Tongariro National Park. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Tongariro National Park

  • Kaimanawa Forest Park, New Zealand

    Hike Mt. Urchin Track

    4.3 mi / 1870.1 ft gain
    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 continue along the ridge or get any views of the surroun...
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  • Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

    Climb Mount Ngauruhoe

    5.0
    11.8 mi / 3805.8 ft gain
    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 of North Island, New Zealand, Mount Ngauruhoe is tr...
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  • Motutere, New Zealand

    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 Chinese both wrote of seeing an immense fire in the sk...
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  • Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

    Backpack to Tama Lakes

    5.0
    10.6 mi / 1312.3 ft gain
    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) which I think is the prettiest time to explore t...
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  • Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

    Backpack the Tongariro Northern Circuit

    5.0
    26.7 mi
    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 Village and heading to Waihohonu Hut on the first da...
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