South Crater in July
Image: DOC

Introduction

From late October to April, explore the volcanic heart of Tongariro National Park, a landscape of stark glacial contrasts and alpine views. From May to late October, it can be cold and wet, with ice, snow, avalanches and short daylight hours - only go if you have navigation and alpine skills.

Highlights

Bookings are open for the 2022/23 season. 

44.9 km loop

Seasonal restrictions

In the Great Walks season (21 October 2022 – 30 April 2023):

Best time to walk the track - there are more facilities and fewer hazards. Bookings are required for huts and campsites.

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2022 – 20 October 2022)

Walking the track should only be attempted by fit, experienced and well-equipped people - facilities are greatly reduced and there are additional hazards.

Dog access

No dogs

Contacts

Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 892 3729
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   tongarirovc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
Postal Address:   PO Box 71029
Whakapapa Village
Mount Ruapehu 3951
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