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The Best Hiking in Tongariro National Park

Looking for the best hiking 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 hiking 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

    Hike Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    5.0
    12.1 mi / 3674.5 ft gain
    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. Ngaurauhoe, also referred to as Mt. Doom. Yes, you r...
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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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  • Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

    Hike the Taranaki Falls Loop

    5.0
    4 mi / 377.3 ft gain
    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 descent down the cliffs on the east side of the falls...
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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

    Hike the Ridge Walking Track

    0.75 mi
    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 entire time without much flat trail, but it's not...
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  • Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

    Hike Mt. Ngauruhoe & the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    5.0
    14.9 mi / 4101.1 ft gain
    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 Ngauruhoe summit (2287 m) which will take you about ...
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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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  • Taupo, New Zealand

    Hike to Huka Falls

    5.0
    3.7 mi
    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 to swim for a bit. From here the trail continues ...
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