Multi Day Tramps
For the more experienced hikers, there are several combinations of multi-day walks available in the National Park. The main combinations are known as the ‘Tongariro Northern Circuit’ and ‘Round Ruapehu’ or ‘Round the Mountain’.
Both are very challenging trips and should only be undertaken by fit and experienced hikers. The DoC Visitor Centre in the Village has more information about these tramps.
Round the Mountain Track
4-6 day walk around Mount Ruapehu. Safest time to walk is from December to March. Starts just beyond the Holiday Park. An ideal tramp for those seeking solitude, magnificent mountain views and a back country experience. The tramp is more remote than the popular Tongariro Northern Circuit. Sections of the track can be walked in 1-2 days.
The Tongariro Northern Circuit
1-4 day walk over Mount Tongariro and around Mount Ngauruhoe. Safest time to walk is from December to March. Starts from Whakapapa Village. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is part of the Northern Circuit and both are listed among New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks’. Experiencing the unique volcanic landscape of Tongariro National Park, you will see pristine, mineral-filled lakes, jagged lava flows and enjoy the shade of beautiful, alpine beech forest.
One day, overnight and multi day tramps can be undertaken on the Northern Circuit. Hut and camping passes are available to buy at the DOC Visitor Centre, Whakapapa Village.