Lake Surprise, Tongariro National Park

You can get a short taster of the Round-The-Mountain Track with a day or overnight trip to Lake Surprise.  The walk begins off the Ohakune Mountain Road and climbs…

Distance
4.5km
Time
4-5hr return
Grade
Easy

Oturere Hut via Mt Tongariro, Tongariro National Park

This is not another account of a nose-to-tail march across Tongariro’s Alpine Crossing, but an alternative off-track adventure avoiding the crowds and visiting some hidden and untouched waypoints encircling…

Distance
32.8km
Time
Car park to Mt Tongariro, 3-4hr; To Oturere Hut, 3-4hr; To car park via Pukekaikiore, 6-7hr
Grade
Moderate

Waipakihi Hut loop, Kaimanawa Forest Park

This classic tops trip quickly takes you above the bushline for stunning volcano views – without the traffic found at neighbouring Tongariro National Park. The wide open spaces enable…

Time
Two days. Car park to Waipakihi Hut, 5hr; To car park via Urchin, 7hr
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Waipakihi Hut, Kaimanawa Forest Park

The Waipakihi flows languidly through tussock-covered flats with a sense of grand, open country and mountains high above on either side. One of the principal valleys of Kaimanawa Forest…

Distance
12.9km via Umukarikari
Time
Waipakihi Hut via Umu-karikari, 4-5hr; Via Urchin, 8-10hr; from Waipakihi Road, two days to reach the valley head
Grade
Moderate

Tongariro Northern Circuit, Tongariro National Park

From Ngauruhoe Place in Whakapapa Village, the track to Taranaki Falls begins – take the upper track, which is shorter and sidles across open landscapes offering views of Ngauruhoe.…

Distance
42.9km
Time
Village to Mangatepopo Hut, 3hr; Mangatepopo to Oturere Hut, 5hr; Oturere to Waihohonu Hut, 3hr; Waihohonu to Whakapapa Village, 5hr
Grade
Moderate

Rotopaunga via North Crater, Tongariro National Park

The motivation for this trip was to tread new ground in that most famous of places: Tongariro National Park.  Hundreds of people walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing each day,…

Distance
21.5km
Time
Road end to North Crater, 3-4hr; Crater to road end, via Rotopaunga, 6-8hr
Grade
Moderate

Round the Mountain Track, Tongaririo National Park

This trip usually takes 4-5 days. From the Ohakune Mountain Road, the track climbs briefly before sidling through mountain beech forest and across the subalpine wetlands of Rotokawa. Viewed…

Distance
66km
Time
Ohakune Mountain Rd to Mangaehuehu Hut, 4hr; to Rangipo Hut, 5-6hr; to Waihohonu Hut, 5hr; to Whakapapa, 5-6hr; to Whakapapaiti Hut, 2.5-3hr; to Mangaturuturu Hut, 5-6hr; to Ohakune Mountain Rd, 2hr
Grade
Moderate

Pureora, Pureora Forest Park

While the low-angled volcanic cone of Pureora (1165m) may be a relatively minor summit, its panoramic views are some of the best in the North Island. From the summit…

Distance
2.53km
Time
3hr return
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Whakapapaiti Hut, Tongariro National Park

A night at Whakapapaiti The trail to Whakapapaiti Hut is well marked and easily navigable. The hut is part of the Round the Mountain Track – the multi-day walk…

Distance
7.83km
Time
2.5-3hr
Grade
Easy

Castle Rock, Kaimanawa Forest Park

One of the best views of the Ruapehu massif is from Castle Rock, a fortress-like outcrop along the Kaimanawa Forest Park Walkway. The name is quite likely locally bestowed…

Distance
5.81km to Castle Rock
Time
5hr return
Grade
Easy

Mt Tongariro via Tama Lakes,Tongariro National Park

There is still scope to travel off track and experience Ngauruhoe without following in the footsteps of an ant-like trail of other walkers. Set out from Whakapapa Village along…

Distance
31.6km
Time
10-12hr
Grade
Moderate

Castle Rock, Kaimanawa Forest Park

One of the best views of the Ruapehu massif is from Castle Rock, a fortress-like outcrop along the Kaimanawa Forest Park Walkway. The name is quite likely locally bestowed…

Distance
5.81km
Time
5hr return
Grade
Easy

Timber Trail, Pureora Forest Park

The Timber Trail is an 85km walking and biking path stretching from Pureora Village in the north to Ongarue in the south. Utilising historic bush tramways, old bulldozer and…

Distance
85km
Time
2 days by bike; 4-5 days by foot
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Ten Man Hut, Tongariro Forest Conservation Area

The tracks in this area are not signposted or straightforward, so navigation skills are required. From Owhango, cross the bridge over the Whakapapa River and along the gravel road…

Distance
21.2km
Time
3-4hr to hut
Grade
Moderate

Lupton Hut, Tongariro National Park

For a family outing in Tongariro National Park, the privately-owned Lupton Hut is a good option. Owned by Wanganui High School, the hut can be used by the general…

Distance
2.77km
Time
1.5hr
Grade
Easy

Hauhungaroa Traverse, Pureora Forest Park

The first stage of this walk is 6.5km to Hauhungaroa Hut. The track climbs steeply through predominantly tawa forest. Once the crest of the range is reached, the going…

Distance
25.8km
Time
12-16hr
Grade
Easy

Stanton Memorial, Tongariro National Park

From the Scoria Flats car park head due south towards a distinctive rocky outcrop, clearly visible against the skyline – Pt 1750m on the map and known locally as…

Distance
7.61km
Time
5-6hr
Grade
Moderate

Lower Matakuhia Hut, Waipunga Conservation Area

The map shows the track to Lower Matakuhia Hut starting about 800m from the road. It,s not at all obvious when you get there where the track is so…

Distance
9.31km
Time
5.5-7hr
Grade
Moderate

Summit Plateau, Tongariro National Park

Climbing to Mt Ruapehu’s Summit Plateau is a great introduction to winter camping and climbing. From Iwikau Village a service road runs from Top of the Bruce up to…

Distance
2.58km
Time
5-7hr
Grade
Moderate

Upper Matakuhia Hut, Waipunga Conservation Area

Signposted from the now non-existent Matakuhia Saddle Hut, the track weaves its way through thick stands of toi toi, over large treefalls and a few streams. The final hour…

Distance
6.05km
Time
2-3hr
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Mt Ngauruhoe, Tongariro National Park

Take the popular Tongariro Alpine Crossing Track to South Crater, from where you can begin the climb of Ngauruhoe. In summer, is a rather straightforward scramble up the loose scoria.…

Distance
7.5km one way
Time
3-5hr to summit
Grade
Moderate

Tama Lakes, Tongariro National Park

Although a much quieter and less energy-sapping tramp than the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the walk to Upper and Lower Tama lakes involves an exposed ridge so it is important…

Distance
7.7km
Time
2-3hr
Grade
Easy

Zekes Hut, Hihitahi Forest Sanctuary

The cute four-bunk Zekes Hut is the only shelter in the Hihitahi Forest Sanctuary, one of the most important forest remnants in the country. The track initially follows farmland,…

Distance
5.22km
Time
3hr return
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Cascade Hut, Kaimanawa Forest Park

Have an overnight adventure with a foray into the remote and rugged Kaimanawa Range. The track starts out in good condition and within minutes of leaving the car park…

Distance
20.6km
Time
5-6hr
Grade
Moderate

Lake Surprise, Tongariro National Park

Get a short taster of the Round-The-Mountain Track with a day or overnight trip up to Lake Surprise. From the road-end the track climbs over several outlying mountain flanks…

Distance
4.3km
Time
2hr
Grade
Easy