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Awesome 3 Day Hike on the Circuit

Just completed the TNC solo starting out from the village of National Park with transfers each way... read more

Reviewed 18 November 2018
Perth, Australia
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3 Day, once in a life time experience

We did the walk with our guide Kris from Walking Legends. There were four of us in the group... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2018
London, United Kingdom
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Great Walks season is October - April (see website for exact dates). Outside this period facilities are greatly reduced and there are additional safety hazards to consider. Always check the website for changes that might affect your trip. See...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
| Ngauruhoe Terrace, Tongariro National Park 3989, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 November 2018 via mobile

Just completed the TNC solo starting out from the village of National Park with transfers each way to the trailhead at Whakapapa 15 minutes away with Tongariro Crossing Shuttles. Day 1 was an easy 9km hike to Mangatepopo Hut where a ranger is in attendance...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Shakamaker
Reviewed 10 November 2018

We did the walk with our guide Kris from Walking Legends. There were four of us in the group altogether. Each day of walking is very different, Day 1 the Alpine Crossing, Day 2 landscapes and woods, Day 3 the saddle between the mountains. Plenty...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank stevefwylie
Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

We had an amazing there! The huts are quite comfortable considering they are huts and the rangers are very nice. We did it clockwise and we would advise everyone to do so because the crossing of the crater is very difficult but probably even more...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank shiraneh
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Northern Circuit is an amazing trip. It's quite a different great walk as the huts are smaller (apart from Waihohonu Hut which is amazing) and the terrain is really different - very little bush and very open. The walk includes the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and...More

Date of experience: March 2018
4  Thank kayaker_auckland
Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

A big thank you to all those on the Tongariro Northern Circuit early March who helped both my friend and I. We were one hour from completing the circuit when a passing nurse decided my friend was in difficulty, she was right. The support from...More

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank 428davidi
Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

We had a great 4 days/3 nights hiking this circuit. The actual Tongariro crossing is quite challenging, but well worth it! Highly recommend it. Note: the huts are very different! One of them (the one starting with O..) is too small for the number of...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Pascalek18
Reviewed 27 January 2018

I had a fabulous time doing the Circuit clockwise (Whakapapa - Mangatepopo - Oturere - Waihohonu - Whakapapa) over four days and three nights. Those of us walking across these days were blessed with perfect weather and admittedly it might not have been quite so...More

Date of experience: January 2018
5  Thank Joanne H
Reviewed 9 January 2018

We did this walk in the reverse direction in Dec 2017. I think it is a good option as you aren't walking with any other people and feel like you are the only ones doing the walk. I don't believe it is any harder in...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Arlene H
Reviewed 30 November 2017

I did this walk from Mangatepopo Hut to Whakapapa Village with a few friends a few weeks back near the beginning of November. We took 4 days and 3 nights, staying at Mangatepopo Hut, Oturere Hut and Waihohonu Hut in this order. The huts were...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

We did the Northern Circuit in 3 days, counterclockwise, which was an excellent choice! This way, we avoided the crowds at the maximum we could. We also had a quite "late" begin the 1st day, around 9.30 am, which really helped us seeing almost no one...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Response from Joanne H | Reviewed this property |
Hi Ivy - it's not *really* difficult but it is challenging, especially the day when you cross the volcanoes (day two if you're walking from Whakapapa to Waihohonu, or day three if you are walking in the other direction... More