Tongariro Three Day Guided Walk
Join a small group on this three day guided walk of the Tongariro Northern Circuit into an amazing landscape of volcanoes, alpine herb fields and desert like plateaus.
This three day guided hike of the Tongariro Northern Circuit takes you around the active volcanoes of Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu. This is another worldly experience in an amazingly varied landscape. Your guides will carry all food and cooking equipment leaving you to walk with a backpack containing your clothing and sleeping bag.
Day 1 – Tongariro Crossing
(Approx. 6-7 hours/16km)
We start at Mangetepopo, following the stream up the valley over a succession of old lava flows from Ngauruhoe. This is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track, one of the world’s best one day walks. The Red Crater is a sight to behold with its spectacular magma formations as are the aptly named Emerald Lakes. Oturere Hut, your accommodation for the night, is the best spot for sunsets in Tongariro National Park.
Day 2 – Oturere to Waihohonu Hut
(Approx. 3-4 hours/8km)
Today you traverse the lunar landscapes of the eastern side of Mt Ngauruhoe. Photo opportunities abound with expansive views across old lava fields to New Zealand’s only desert, the Rangipo, with snow-capped Mt Ruapehu beyond. Waihohonu Hut is set to capture the views and you can also explore the nearby crystal clear but chilly, Ohinepango freshwater springs.
Day 3 – Waihohonu to Whakapapa Village
(Approx. 5 hours/14km)
Follow the Waihohonu stream this morning and gradually climb to Tama Saddle. The track passes through lovely pockets of native forest and open tussock fields that lie between Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu. The side trip to Tama Lakes and the Taranaki Falls are highlights today. It is a relatively easy stroll through beech forest and tussock meadows to the trail end at Whakapapa Village with time for a cold beverage to celebrate!
$970NZ per person
- Return transport from Tongariro National Park or Whakapapa;
- 2 nights’ track accommodation in Department of Conservation huts
- All meals and snacks
- Sleeping bag, backpack and raincoats supplied
- Guiding services
- Departures available on request from November through to April