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Located in the dual World Heritage site of the Tongariro National Park, the circuit passes through unique and stunning landforms including volcanic craters and glacial valleys. The track also includes a section of the popular Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
The Tongariro Northern Circuit takes 3-4 days and is a great hike for those wanting a challenge.
The best time to go is from late October to late April, the Great Walks season. Bookings for accommodation at Great Walks huts and campsites are required during this time. There are four huts on the circuit, Mangatepopo, Ketetahi, Oturere and Waihohonu.
Walkers must be self-sufficient, well-prepared and equipped for all conditions, in particular the changeable alpine weather.
Car parks at either end of the track fill up quickly during peak season so the Department of Conservation recommend that visitors access the track via a shuttle from Whakapapa, National Park Village, Turangi, Taupo or Ohakune.
A full list of recommended transport operators can be found here.
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Start your journey through New Zealand's stunning landscapes at a Department of Conservation (DOC) Visitor Centre. Information about conservation areas, as well as DOC's 14,000 km of tracks, 9 Great Walks, and network of 950 huts and 324 campsites.
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