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Rock climbingIcy
First to Review

There are six huts with campsites available on the Round the Mountain Track: Waihohonu, Rangipo, Mangaehuehu, Blyth, Mangaturuturu and Whakapapaiti.

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did it in winter. moderate fitness level okay, around 2h and stunning views on tongariro national park. just can recommend it for sunset, haven't seen many like that. nice little hut with a fireplace. wood provided. well marked track, we hiked back after sunset. no problem with torches. absolute worth it!!

Stefan Macfie reviewed Tongariro Northern Circuit
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Hiking

I have done this loop a few times and it is my favorite part of the world by far - I have done it both in training and for enjoyment. Have always started and finished at Iwikau/Whakapapa Village (42km). Have done it in anticlockwise in one day with a very early start and late finish and running where I could - my only advice is DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DO IT IN A DAY!!! This is an alpine environment and extremely changeable - if done anticlockwise the climb from Emerald Lakes to the track summit and descent into Tongariro Crater plateau is very challenging and can be dangerous. Then the stretch from Mangetepopo to Chateau is always exposed, the track usually has ice in it and can be slow going. Likewise if you do it ‘clockwise’ in the afternoon the piece from Waihohonu to Chateau is straight into the setting sun and can have a VERY strong headwind. My advice - take at least 2 days maybe 3. Start and finish at Iwikau Village - otherwise the climb up from Ketetahi is super long and relentless and you can’t stay at Ketetahi Hut - and parking is safer and better at Iwikau. If you do it over 3 days you can side trip to Tama Lakes and summit Ngaruhoe without putting yourself under undue pressure. Do not underestimate how difficult this can be - the maunga is beautiful but it takes its share of lives every year. Enjoy :)

Steph Bunker reviewed Tongariro Northern Circuit
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HikingBugsNo shadeRockyScramble

I did this circuit back in January. I did it anti-clockwise and in 3 days. Day 1 from Whakapapa Village to Waihohonu Hut. Day 2 from Whakapapa to Mangatepopo Hut. Day 3 from Mangatepopo to Whakapapa. This is a challenging hike offering little to no shade. If I did this hike again, I would definitely go clockwise and stay the full 4 days to really be able to appreciate the scenery and have time for pretty waterfall side missions. Otherwise, it was a lovely hike and I met many wonderful people along the way!

David Platt reviewed Tongariro Northern Circuit
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Backpacking

Did this in 3 full days: Day 1 Whakapana to Tama Lakes to Oturere (16.5 mi), Day 2 left the tent + gear at Oturere and did the Ketetahi spur (19 mi), and Day 3 did the Alpine Pass Okurere back to Whakapana (13 mi). When you start out, don't be discouraged by the manicured stairs / boardwalks the first few miles -- the rest of the hike gets plenty more challenging with scree fields, mud ditches, and lava flows that await you :) The individual landscapes you'll encounter -- alpine meadows, mountain lakes, and lava flows -- won't be the most beautiful you've ever encountered, but they're still top tier and what makes the hike so spectacular is how they're all right next to each other. It's really like having North Cascades, Rocky Mountains, and Haleakala all in one hike. You'll also enjoy different perspectives of Mount Ngauruhoe, the huge cone volcano you circle most of the hike ranging from glowing gold in the sunrise to towering over the clouds when they appear. If you can, try to plan your loop so your Alpine Crossing day is not on a Saturday/Sunday/Holiday -- this way you can avoid the biggest swarms of day hikers. If you do the route counterclockwise, you'll be going against the swarm, but your exposure will be short (only about 1.5-2 hours for me). If you go clockwise, you'll be going with the swarm but you'll rolling with them all day, and there are a number of bottlenecks to contend with. For side trips, I thought Tama Lakes were certainly worth the detour. Instead of turning back at the Upper Lake, you can follow the social trails and do a full loop around the lakes along the rim of the calderas (the path is actually on the Alltrails map). It's not too technical and I found the added challenge, solitude, and views very enjoyable. Only note is you'll have to do some minor bushwhacking the last 5 minutes to get back to the main trail. For the Ketetahi spur, you only need to go about halfway down to get a good feel for the meadows and hot spring. The bottom third is a forest and unless you're a Polynesian fern enthusiast, is not particularly noteworthy. Important detail: the Ketetahi spur is NOT a loop like the Alltrails map shows. What the route shows as the return leg has been closed for several years due to volcanic activity and is not maintained. If you go this return route you'll pass within 10 feet of active fumeroles and at one point have to jump across 2 ledges where the old bridge has fallen -- really not safe and better to return the same way you came. Long post but hope there's some useful info in it for your trip planning. Happy hiking!

Florencia Mariel reviewed Rangiwahia Hut via Rangiwahia Hut Track
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Florencia Mariel reviewed Rangiwahia Hut via Rangiwahia Hut Track
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HikingBugsNo shade

I would recommend this trail to everyone with a medium level of fitness or more. It wasn’t very difficult but it required some effort. We did it with 10m/o son on the backpack plus grandma and ir was ok. Just a bit hot.

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Hiking

I started off on deadman’s track but it was to wet, so I continued on rangiwahia hut track which is much better

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Scott Jurd reviewed Tongariro Northern Circuit
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Arnaud Cismondi reviewed Tongariro Northern Circuit
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Booy Rodermond reviewed Tongariro Northern Circuit
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Hiking

Dag 1 van Tongariro Northern Circuit. Erg tof, mooie uitzichten op de vulkaan en de plek waar ooit lava uit de vulkaan kwam. Mooie bergmeertjes en maanachtige landschappen door vele vulkaanstenen overal en lavatongen.

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Daniel Thorne reviewed Waiopehu Hut Loop
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HikingFloodedMuddyOver grownPrivate property

Do not underestimate this track. It is tough. I strongly recommend staying the night in the hut

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First to Review

tour en canoë sur 5 jours (réservé avec Yeti tour). accessible aux débutants et très agréable si les conditions sont bonnes. penser a réserver les campings en avance pour les différentes étapes.

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Hiking

Schöner abwechslungsreicher Weg. Wenn man über die Rangiwahia Hut zum Mangahuia highpoint geht und von da aus dann den Deadman's Track wieder runter, bekommt man eine schönen Rundweg mit atemberaubenden Aussichten ins Tal hinunter.

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Ryan Maloney reviewed Tongariro Northern Circuit
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

If you hardly exercise and your day job is sitting in a cube staring in to a computer screen as if it was an abyss sucking your soul out of your eye sockets, you will probably be tempted by this trail, one of the great walks oohhh ahhh. you came to New Zealand for this. You may be suffering from a lack of sleep from jet lag and a migraine and sick with a chest cold that makes you want to spit out your lungs. You may be insufferably cheap and choose to tent camp slinging a 65 lb. pack with a camp stove, an iPad, and other non essentials instead of using the huts. You may cut your trek down to 3 days instead of 4 due to weather and it's just a few more kilometers for just one day. If so, you may be in a lot of pain towards the end and wonder if it was worth it. What makes that a great walk? Clever advertising, you got me. You feel ashamed of how pitiful you must have looked over the crossing and of how out of shape and fat you've let yourself become. However, you soon realize you've pushed yourself farther and harder than you thought you could. you feel a sense of accomplishment and wonder what you're really capable of. After a shower and a day to recover you become hungry for more. Although beautiful, this trail for a person like me, is more about overcoming than views. I've been on harder treks but because of lack of physical preparation and all the choices I made to make it harder, this was the hardest trek I've ever made.

Marine Clavaud reviewed Tongariro Northern Circuit
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Hiking

A faire absolument dans le sens inverse des aiguilles d une montre. Mieux en terme de dénivelé et surtout de monde. Tous les gens qui font la Alpine Crossing la font dans el sens normal!!

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