The Tangariro Northern Circuit is a loop hike inside the Tangariro National Park in the Central North Island. Another one of the famous New Zealand hiking trails. It starts and finishes in the village of Whakapapa on the bottom of Mount Ruapehu.
The hike leads along the active volcanoes Mt. Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe , old steam vents, tussock grass and mineral lakes.
The total length of the hike is 43km (27 miles) and takes 3 to 4 days to complete.There are a few climbs along the way. The biggest single climb is about 700m (2400ft).
There are 3 huts in which you can spend the night. They have mattresses, drinking water and during the peak summer season cooking facilities are provided.
For overnight stays during the peak season you need to make advanced bookings, either on line
or in the Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre in the Whakapapa village.
You can walk the track either in clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. The best time of the year to do the hike is during the summer (October to April)