Central North Island Hiking Adventure

10 Days


Auckland Central to Auckland Central


  • Lake Waikaremoana
  • Mountainous terrain
  • Volcanic splendours

Best time of year

All year

Experience the best of hiking in the Central North Island on this 10 day itinerary. Travel to Gisborne from Auckland to hike the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, famous for its pristine rainforests, lake views and untouched greenery.

Continue on to Taupo and prepare to walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in one day. Travel through alpine scenery, traverse mountains and uncover spectacular emerald green lakes.

The Central North Island is easily accessible and this walking and hiking itinerary is a must-do for those who love the outdoors.


Day 7 / 10

Taupo to Ruapehu

55 mins

72 km

45 mi

Lake Taupo

Spend a leisurely morning exploring Taupo. In the afternoon, drive from Taupo to Ruapehu.

Mount Ruapehu is the highest mountain in the North Island. In the winter months (June-September) Ruapehu offers snow goers the choice of  three different ski fields. 

There are many activities on offer - take a scenic flight around the volcanic landscape, or travel south to Waiouru to visit the National Army Museum. Wrap up warm - this area can be chilly in the winter months!


The township of Taupo makes the perfect base for exploring New Zealand's largest lake

Start in Taupo

The town of Taupo sits at the edge of Australasia's largest lake. Local attractions include trout fishing, skiing, and geothermal parks.

End in Tongariro

Things to see and do

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