Winter Wonders of Tongariro

Tongariro Northern Circuit
Tongariro Northern Circuit
Track 3 – 4 days. Easy/medium. Loop track.
This circuit on the Volcanic Plateau passes close to the summit of Tongariro in a spectacular, active volcanic landscape of crater lakes, lava flows, and hot springs. A side-trip leads to the summi...
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Track 1 day. Medium. One way.
A popular but crowded alpine route through a spectacular volcanic landscape.
Tama Lakes Track
Tama Lakes Track
Track Medium. Return via same track.
A good day walk onto the Tama Saddle, visiting explosion craters near the foot of Ngauruhoe. Excellent panoramic views on an exposed, windy track.

Track grades

Unusually smooth, well-marked track, easy gradients. Up to about 4 hours per day.
Typical lowland track. Generally easy walking and well marked. Ascents of up to 1000m. Some easy river crossings, unmarked travel along rivers.
Typical tops track. Experienced trampers only. Rough, muddy and poorly marked or unmarked. Ascents of up to 2000m. River crossings, open tops, passes. Up to about 8 hours per day.
Navigation and snow skills (use of ice axe and crampons) required. Glaciers, exposure to falls.
Rough or non-existent tracks. Following ridges, bush spurs, and rivers. Steep ascents, arduous travel, hazardous conditions, snow and navigation skills essential.